Fresh from dumping six days of continuous load shedding on us earlier in July, Eskom has played its favourite record once more: Numerous units have tripped-out across South Africa, meaning that the threat of load shedding looms over us again on Monday evening.
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has denied that he ‘lied to the public’ when forecasting there would be just three days of load shedding during the winter – a total that has doubled already this month. Although no power cuts have been confirmed yet, the utility has made the following perfectly clear:
Eskom did issue a statement on the potential load shedding coming our way this week. They confirmed that the troublesome Tutuka and Kendal units were amongst the main offenders, and the lights could go out at some point on Monday evening. Get those candles and torches ready, people…
“Eskom requests the public to reduce electricity usage as the power generation system is severely constrained this evening. Six generation units suffered trips today, and the return to service of three others has been delayed. Eskom continues to work hard to return all units to service.”
“A generation unit each at Majuba, Tutuka, Hendrina, and Duvha power stations have gone down. Meanwhile, Matla, Kendal, and Tutuka still have units offline. Any additional breakdowns will compromise Eskom’s ability to supply electricity through the peak hours of 17:00 – 21:00.”Eskom statement