Eskom said on Wednesday that although some workers have started reporting for duty at power plants, there is still a high level of absenteeism.
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“It will take days to weeks to resolve this backlog. It’s important to note that the system will remain constrained and vulnerable to further outages while recovery activities are ongoing,” it said.
Due to the protests that caused widespread disruption at power plants, it wasn’t possible to restart some generators.
“This has forced Eskom to continue to take precautionary measures to maintain backup generating capacity and protect assets from damage.”
The risk remains that the level of load shedding will have to be changed at any time depending on the condition of the power plants.
“As previously communicated, level 6 of load shedding will be implemented from 4:00 p.m. to 22:00 p.m p.m. tonight [Wednesday]. Stage 4 is performed from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.
“Load shedding will be reduced to Stage 2 until Thursday morning at 5:00 a.m. From 5am to midnight on Thursday, load shedding will be implemented in Stage 4,” it said.
Level 2 will be implemented from midnight to 5am on Friday morning.
Eskom had 3,161 MW for planned maintenance, while an additional 17,395 MW was unavailable due to outages.
“Eskom recognizes and thanks the many employees who continually go above and beyond and continue to help keep the light on remains of this very challenging time.
“Eskom thanks our municipal partners who tirelessly implement load shedding on schedule.
“We also thank the members of the SA Police Service who play a key role in ensuring that disruption to law and order at power plants is minimized during the strike.”
She has appealed to South Africans to help limit the impact of the shortages by reducing consumption and not un Turn off essential items.
“We remind the public that load shedding is being implemented as a last resort to protect the national power grid. We urge all South Africans to continue to be energy efficient.”
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