Just give us a break, would you Eskom? This is getting silly now. After a week of rolling blackouts, the ailing utility has returned with MORE load shedding schedules for us on Monday 7 June.
Eskom load shedding schedule for Monday 7 June
The sheepish announcement was made moments ago, and it seems Eskom is preparing us for a winter full of discontent. They have confirmed that blackouts are likely to take place for the rest of the week, and even warned that constraints on energy production would remain ‘for the foreseeable future’. Here’s what we know about the looming outages.
- Stage 1 load shedding will be implemented on Monday evening.
- From 17:00 to 22:00, South Africans will have to contend with power cuts.
- Breakdowns have currently taken 15 570 MW off the grid, and plant maintenance accounts for a missing 1 273 MW.
Why are we having more power cuts?
A total of six power stations have combined to bring us this latest disappointment, with three plants experiencing a range of breakdowns. The other three have not returned from planned maintenance on time, creating another energy nightmare.
“Eskom regrets to announce it will implement Stage 1 load shedding between 17:00 and 22:00 on Monday night, due to the loss of two generation units at Kusile, and one each at Kendal and Tutuka Power Stations. These constraints have been exacerbated by delays in returning units at Kusile, Duvha and Matla Power Stations”
“The likelihood of load shedding is high for the rest of the week, as the power system remains constrained and vulnerable. These capacity constraints will continue for the foreseeable future, and all South Africans are now urged to reduce their use of electricity when winter demand is at its highest. Eskom apologises for the inconvenience.”
You can read Eskom’s full statement here: