Stage 2 load shedding to continue from 8 am tomorrow

In a statement, the power utility said load shedding will continue from 8 am to 10 pm on Wednesday.

Eskom said this was because of continued strain on its generating system, after experiencing multiple breakdowns. Picture: Pexels

JOHANNESBURG – Eskom says planned power cuts will continue for another day, after it implemented stage 2 load shedding on Tuesday.

In a statement, the power utility said load shedding will continue from 8 am to 10 pm on Wednesday.

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Eskom said this was because of continued strain on its generating system, after experiencing multiple breakdowns.

It said 10 generation units at seven power stations suffered breakdowns.

“With the unreliable and aged generation infrastructure, together with a number of risks on running units, there is a high possibility that additional stages of load shedding may be implemented at short notice”, read the statement.

At the same time, Eskom's head of generation, Rhulani Mathebula, said the utility needed to go back to the drawing board to fix the failing generating units at the utility's power stations.

The utility has battled over the years to fix its aging infrastructure with frequent power cuts.

Mathebula said the strategy they have been using in maintaining their plants was no longer working but they have the skills to turn the situation around.

“You will know that when we design this type of plant, we also come up with a better way which we manage it due to the operating regime that we will be operating the plant on. When things like this happen, it talks to us going back to the drawing board and checking what is actually happening.”

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