Embattled power supplier Eskom has rubbed salt in the fresh wound inflicted on South Africans this week, with load shedding set to continue throughout the weekend right until Thursday next week. 

Eskom said that the latest load shedding is the result risks to the generation fleet, with multiple units at some of the countries largest power plants having failed in the past few days. 

Eskom announce continued load shedding: Here’s the schedule

In a statement issued on Friday evening, Eskom said that it regrets to announce that Stage 2 load shedding will be extended throughout the weekend starting from 21:00 this evening until 5:00 on Thursday morning. 

“This load shedding is also necessary to address other additional risks in the generation fleet,” they said. “During this time Eskom will be working hard to return a number of generating units to service and we urge the public to continue using electricity sparingly.”

Eskom said that total breakdowns amount to 14 760MW, while planned maintenance is currently to blame for a loss of 5 277MW of capacity.

Emergency reserves depleted  

Eskom said that the recent spate of load shedding, which returned to darken our nights once again on Thursday, is the result of problems associated with electricity infrastructure. They said that a host of issues have been identified this week, resulting in the power supply being threatened. 

“Whilst still recovering four units at Tutuka, which had experienced conveyor belt failures, the fleet suffered a cluster of boiler tube leaks within a short period of time,” they said. 

“Emergency reserves have been further depleted today due to breakdowns of a generating unit each at Kusile, Komati and Hendrina power stations. The return of a generating unit at Majuba power station today provided some relief, however, this was insufficient to curb the extensive use of emergency reserves.”

Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the power system, they said. 

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