“Load-shedding will persist throughout the weekend as Eskom teams work around the clock to return as many of these generation units to service as possible. Eskom will continue to communicate the stage of load-shedding should there be any further developments.”
The embattled utility said load-shedding was necessary to conserve and replenish its emergency reserves while also maintaining the stability of the power system.
Eskom teams had returned to service a generation unit each at Tutuka, Komati, Hendrina and Camden power stations. However, two additional units suffered breakdowns at Matla and Kriel power stations.
“Unplanned breakdowns amount to 11,300MW of capacity, adding to the 5,040MW currently out on planned maintenance.”