Load shedding will continue on Friday 15 March, as a result
of continued capacity shortage, says Eskom.
It seems likely that South Africans will, at various intervals
throughout the weekend, be left without the most basic of electric appliances –
all thanks to Eskom and its renewed load shedding schedule for the middle of March.
While high risk warnings dotted earlier days, the frustrating and disrupting
reality of rolling blackouts is, once again, upon South Africa.
Eskom reports major power plant breakdowns
On Thursday, Eskom reported that it had lost critical power generating units – thereby worsening its position to supply the country with electricity. As a result, Stage 1 load shedding was implemented to mitigate damage to the national power grid. A few hours later, this was ramped to Stage 2 – a schedule which hung around for most of February.
The usual excuse of ‘plant breakdowns’ – a result of Eskom’s
dubious maintenance scheme – has been given as reason for the latest bout of
rolling blackouts. On Thursday night, Eskom issued a statement, saying:
“The risk of Stage 2 rotational load shedding remains high for tomorrow as a result of shortage of capacity due to a number of generating units still out of service due to breakdowns. We will provide an update on the power system tomorrow morning.”
Stage 2 load shedding, Friday 15 March
Date: 15 March 2019
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— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) March 15, 2019
On Friday morning, though, the situation had not improved.
In fact, despite promises of ‘urgent interventions’ aimed at lessening the frequency
of plant breakdowns, a blanket Stage 2 warning has been issued. Eskom said:
“Load shedding stage 2 will be implemented from 08h00 to 23h00 today due to a shortage of capacity.”
The Eskom Technical Review Team, appointed by Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, has promised to provide feedback on the severe issues facing the power utility within the next month. Deputy President David Mabuza has promised a swift turnaround strategy.
To see whether your suburb will experience rotational cuts today, here’s how to check the daily load shedding schedule.