Eskom said there is a high probability that phase 2 load shedding will be implemented between 16:00 and 24:00 TODAY.
PHASE 2 UNLOADING MAY BEGIN AT 4:00 PM
This comes after the power utility announced a Phase 2 load shedding on Tuesday.
Eskom spokesperson Sikanati Mantshants said it was also very likely to continue into Wednesday and Thursday.
“Eskom is warning the public that due to a shortage of generating capacity Phase 2 load shedding will be implemented from 4pm to 12am this evening. There is also a high probability that unloading will have to be carried out at the same time on Wednesday and Thursday evenings,” he said.
He said the utility will let you know if anything changes.
“Breakdowns of one generator at Arnot Power Station and three at Tutuka Power Station in the last 24 hours, as well as delays in returning units to service at Arnot, Kusile and Tuktuka Power Stations, have put a heavy strain on the power generation system.
“Now we have 4,550 MW under scheduled maintenance, and another 14,182 MW are unavailable due to breakdowns. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue to use electricity sparingly.”
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To access other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available at load shedding.eskom.co.za.
The load shedding comes amid icy weather and more snow expected in parts of South Africa on Wednesday and Thursday.
In accordance with VoxWeather a fresh layer of SNOW is expected to fall over the Western Cape, Karoo and Sutherland mountains on Wednesday; extends to the Eastern Cape on Thursday.
Heavy snow is expected over Lesotho and the southern Drakensberg mainly from Thursday to Friday
COLD STORAGE WARNING FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK
South African Meteorological Service (SAWS) issued weather information.
“Angora and small animal breeders are advised to keep their livestock until Monday. Tourists and outdoor recreationists will be exposed to these conditions and may contract hypothermia if precautions are not taken.”
He also warned of slippery roads leading to minor accidents along mountain passes.
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Ramaphosa Urges South Africans TO GET ROOFTOP SOLAR
Earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa said they intend to allow businesses and households to invest in rooftop solar panels to generate electricity.
He said South Africa has a great wealth of sunshine that should be used to generate electricity.
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“There is significant potential for households and businesses to install solar panels on their roofs and connect this energy to the grid.
“To encourage wider deployment of rooftop solar, Eskom will develop rules and a pricing structure, known as a feed-in tariff, for all commercial and residential installations on its network.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa
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