Stage 5 load-shedding: Residents can anticipate up to 9 hours without power

“Should any further breakdowns occur, higher stages of load-shedding may be implemented at short notice,” Eskom says. 

Residents should anticipate up to nine hours without electricity supply — separated in staggered periods — as Eskom announced the implementation of Stage 5 load-shedding on Saturday morning.

“Due to the breakdown of five generating units overnight, stage 5 load-shedding will regretfully be implemented until 05:00 on Monday,” Eskom said in a statement on Saturday morning.

The power utility said the load-shedding would start from 10:00 this Saturday.

It stated that this was caused by a power generating unit at Kusile, Arnot and Camden, as well as two units at Duvha power station tripping.

“While some generation units are anticipated to return to service, it is necessary to escalate the load-shedding to stop the use of emergency generation reserves and begin the replenishment thereof ahead of the week.

“The emergency generation reserves have been depleted by extensive utilisation to limit the amount of load-shedding over the past two weeks.”

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Eskom did not rule out the possibility of even more load-shedding. “Should any further breakdowns occur, higher stages of load-shedding may be implemented at short notice.”

The power utility said there will be a media briefing on Sunday at which management would provide an outlook of load-shedding stages for the week ahead.

“The teams are working round the clock to return units to service.

“Eskom apologises for the continued and unfortunate load-shedding, which is implemented as a last resort in view of the shortage of generation capacity and the need to attend to breakdowns and carry out planned maintenance to return units to service,” the statement read.

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