Eskom has announced that it will implement stage 1 load shedding this evening, from 19h00 to 22h00, due to a loss of generating units.
This follows about 5 weeks that the power utility has managed to keep the country’s lights on, following a gruelling period of load shedding during winter.
Eskom cautioned on Sunday that the national power system will be tight in the coming days owing to maintenance work.
The planned maintenance will take place at the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric scheme together with Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), the group said.
“As a result, South Africa will get 650 MW instead of the 1 500 MW that is normally imported from Cahora Bassa on a daily basis,” Eskom said.
Although Eskom has managed to keep the power grid stable for the past 5 weeks, it has been well-established that it would remain strained for the next three years at least.
Eskom, government and industry experts have previously warned South Africans to expect load shedding to feature regularly until more energy projects come online.