Eskom warns of 'erratic' load shedding schedule this week

Eskom warns of 'erratic' load shedding schedule this week

South Africans will have to have to brace themselves for various stages of loadshedding this week.

Eskom Duvha - AFP

The rolling blackouts come after Eskom experienced more unit breakdowns at its power stations. 


Stage 4 power cuts were under way on Monday morning, and will escalate to stage 5 in the afternoon. 


Stage 5 load shedding will be implemented during the evenings at 4pm until midnight from Monday to Wednesday. 


Load shedding will vary between stage 4 and stage 2 during the day.


Eskom's Sikhonathi Mantshantsha warns this week's schedule will be a bit more erratic due to the loss of its buffer of diesel generation.

 READ: Eskom suspends power cuts until 5pm on Sunday

Mantshantsha says their emergency generation reserves have also depleted. 


"We currently have 5 354MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 495MW of capacity is

unavailable due to breakdowns."

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