Eskom is scrambling to fix a crisis right now as we enter our third consecutive day of load shedding.
Yesterday Eskom announced that Stage 2 load shedding would be in effect before upgrading to Stage 4 later in the day.
The utility convened an urgent meeting on Monday with the company’s executive management and minister of public enterprises, Pravin Gordhan.
“The escalation from stage 2 to stage 4 load shedding was caused by a further seven generating units that tripped within a period of five hours. This report on the causes, including all the challenges of the new and old power stations was much of the deliberations between the board, management and the Department of Public Enterprises in today’s meeting that lasted for over six hours,” the utlity said in a statement.
That six hour meeting sounded promising until we were informed that load shedding on Tuesday would start at Stage 3 and run from 08:00 through to 23:00.
The good news is that the generating units which were tripping or no longer working are now operational but emergency reserves of diesel and water are low.
This morning EWN reported that PetroSA acting chief executive officer, Bongani Sayidini had said his firm was in talks with Eskom to supply the utility with diesel to prevent further power cuts.
“A conversation has started between Eskom and PetroSA to potentially supply them with diesel,” Sayidini said.
The rest of use are then left to wait for Eskom to right the ship but looking at the faces of those stuck in dead-lock traffic tells me that South Africans are fed up with the power situation. Here’s hoping the situation gets better sooner rather than later.
For now you should check your load shedding schedule for your area and prepare to spend a few hours without electricity.
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