Eskom announced on Sunday that Stage 6 load shedding will continue into the new week.
In a media statement, the utility said this is related to unprotected strikes by its workers at plants in the across the country last week. The workers demanded a wage increase.
“Eskom is warning the public that it will take a few more weeks for the power generation system to fully return to pre-strike levels,” Eskom said.
< p>It thanked the staff who had since returned to work.
“Subject to several possibilities – including the full return of the workforce to carry out much-needed repairs to the equipment – the load shedding is expected to be gradual will be lowered to Level 2 by the weekend,” she added.
Eskom is expected to continue with Level 4 until midnight on Sunday, and then enforce Level 2 until 5am. Phase 4 runs from 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and then Phase 6 to 10:00 p.m. Stage 4 will be reinstated from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.
The same was expected on Tuesday.
Eskom said it currently has 3,384 MW for scheduled maintenance, while 18,319 MW of capacity is available were unavailable due to breakdowns.
The utility reminded consumers that it introduced load shedding as a last resort to protect the national power grid. She urged consumers to continue to be energy efficient.
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