Eskom will now be implementing stage 2 load shedding instead of the previously announced stage 1.
The power utility said it has lost its Medupi 3, 4 and 5 power stations due to coal and handling issues further creating an additional shortage 1.500 MW generation capacity.
Lat night Eskom announced that they will implement stage one load shedding on Friday and did not foresee the need for further power cuts thereafter.
Stage 1 load shedding will resume at 9 am and the second phase, which is stage 2, will commence at 12 noon until 11 pm.
Eskom's Dikatso Mothae said: “We have mentioned that the system is volatile and when things unexpectedly happen, we, unfortunately, are in this situation where we said it would be stage 1 load shedding but it will be, for the greater part of the country, then be stage 2. We will be reviewing later today and will be in a better position to give a better prognosis.”
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