Eskom 'breaks' load shedding promise

Marco Green
June 18, 2018

"The alert does not mean that load shedding will absolutely be implemented but it is a warning to alert electricity consumers that load shedding may possibly be implemented between 17h00 today and 22h00 this evening‚" the power parastatal said.

Eskom said on Thursday it was not able to generate its required capacity due to industrial action that affected them this week.

"Loadshedding is conducted as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout".

It continued: "The parties agreed that the current disruptions at Eskom that resulted in load-shedding since yesterday are not beneficial to either party nor to the country and the economy".

This followed two nights of load-shedding that Eskom blamed on sabotage and intimidation by protesting workers. "These processes have now to be cleared out and restarted which would take additional time", Eskom said.

Coal management and transportation, such as the inability to transport coal from coal stock yards to coal bunkers due to the absence of operating staff.

The schedule for the anticipated load shedding changes from time to time. Sunday, however, saw load shedding implemented for up to four hours in some areas.

However, the Power system remains severely constrained and will continue to do so for at least the next 10 days. This was done as a last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse.

"We continue to encourage residents and businesses to continue using electricity sparingly". Non-essential lighting and electrical appliances must also be turned off to reduce pressure on the electrical grid. Eskom customers may also contact the customer contact centre at 0860-037-566.

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