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By Faizel Patel

Senior Digital Journalist

Eskom announces stage two until further notice

There's been another breakdown at Duvha power station.

South Africa will be moved to stage two load shedding from 9 am on Tuesday (8 November 2022) and will continue until further notice.
The ailing parastatal’s spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said the utility would keep the country updated on the load-shedding schedule.

“Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 9 am this morning until further notice. This is necessitated by a breakdown of a Duvha generating unit and the delay in returning to service another Duvha unit,” said Mantshantha

“Eskom will provide a further update as soon as any significant changes occur,” he said.

Load shedding

On Sunday, Eskom announced that load shedding had been temporarily suspended until Monday afternoon.

But a few hours later, it was confirmed that stage 2 load shedding would return, from 4 pm on Monday, until 5 am every morning, “until further notice”.

Eskom said nightly load shedding was necessary to “preserve emergency generation reserves” owed to a high level of breakdowns.

Power restored to Lenasia South

Meanwhile, Electricity was also restored to most parts of Lenasia South on Monday after a 4-day power outage.

The suburb has been reeling without power since Friday, after a fire gutted the substation plunging the entire area into darkness.

City Power confirmed that efforts to restore power on Sunday were thwarted when the breaker blew up due to the vandalism that happened on the extension switching station.

Protect substations

Resident have called for the substation to be better protected, especially during load shedding when infrastructure becomes vulnerable to criminals who steal copper cables and vandalise equipment which results in extended and unwelcomed power outages.

Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse’s spokesperson Mabine Seabe told The Citizen, Phalatse spearheaded a multi-disciplinary operation in Lenasia and the south of Johannesburg in an effort to ensure the City of Johannesburg is able to work with other law enforcement authorities and community policing forums (CPS) to protect infrastructure.

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