Eskom says the sudden outage of three Kendal power station units on Tuesday morning has forced the power company to implement a stage 4 blackout across South Africa

“The sudden outage of three units at Kendall Power Station (1,920MW peak capacity) forced Stage 4 load shedding to take effect from 10am this morning. This will last until 05:00 am on Thursday,” says Eskom spokesperson, Sikonathi. Mantshancha.

Rolling Blackouts | Eskom reiterates the urgent need for additional power supply

On Monday, Eskom reiterated the urgent need for additional energy supplies.

The company’s chief operating officer, Jan Oberholzer, says the current intermittent power outages are necessary because of multiple generator unit failures at various power plants.

The energy company refers to the poor performance of its power units for the past week.

Since Monday last week, Eskom has started turning off the lights at various stages. The gradual shutdown of the lights will be in effect until the end of the week. Oberholzer says the power company lost more than 20,000 megawatts from its 42 generating units in the past week.

Eskom says it could take a year to resolve the power crisis

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