S’Africa Power Outage Worsens – THISDAYLIVE


South Africa’s power shortage worsened on Friday as large parts of the country were gripped by load shedding, said electricity utility, Eskom.

Stage 2 rotational load shedding was implemented from 09:00 a.m. and was likely to continue until 22:00 p.m. as a result of loss of additional power generation units overnight, Eskom said.

Eskom provides more than 95 per cent of the electricity consumed in the country.

It said that Stage 2 calls for 2,000 MW to be rotationally load shed nationally at a given period.

“This was the most serious load shedding this year.

“Previously, Stage 1 load shedding, which allowed for up to 1,000 MW of the national load to be shed once a day had been implemented several times.

“If the situation worsens, Stage 3, which allows up to 4,000 MW to be shed, will be implemented,’’ the company said.

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