Stage 1 load shedding for Friday, no weekend power cuts
Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza said that the power utility would implement stage one load shedding on Friday and did not foresee the need for further power cuts thereafter.
JOHANNESBURG - Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza said that the power utility would implement stage one load shedding on Friday and did not foresee the need for further power cuts thereafter.
Mabuza was briefing the media on Thursday night on the state of the power utility after it implemented load shedding on Wednesday due to faulty generating units.
Friday's load shedding will be implemented from 9am and will end at 11pm.
#Eskom JUST IN Mabuza says we will implement stage one loadshedding tomorrow and then we don’t foresee any other need to do so. BD— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 17, 2019
The acting CEO apologised for the power cuts and for not giving South Africans better warning. Mabuza said that Eskom had no choice but to implement the rolling blackouts even though they did not foresee it happening. He said that the cuts were needed to avoid a collapse of the power grid.
"Unfortunately, this is what has now materialised in the last few days. Against high levels of consumption, we experienced high levels of unplanned breakdowns that exceeded the 10,500-megawatt limit and resulted in the excessive utilisation of our emergency water and diesel reserves," Mabuza explained.
Mabuza further added that Eskom had activated the emergency centre and contingency plans were in place to repair the damage that would lead to the recovery of the system.
The board chairperson said that Eskom had managed to repair some of the damage done to five of their boilers that led to the implementation of load shedding.
Mabuza said that after Friday they would be able to keep the lights on - for now.
One thing that Mabuza said he could not guarantee was that in the future there would not be any more load shedding.
Additional reporting by Bonga Dlulane.