Load shedding is possible, warns Eskom

Load shedding is possible, warns Eskom

2015-01-21 11:55

Johannesburg - The power grid continued to be constrained on Wednesday and power cuts were possible, Eskom warned.

"The system remains extremely constrained today but stable. Should anything unexpected happen, we may need to go into load shedding," Eskom's media desk said in an e-mail.

The power utility implemented stage one load shedding on January 9, due to high electricity demand and the unavailability of some of its generating units.

Stage one allows for up to 1 000 MW of the national load to be shed, stage two for up to 2 000 MW, and stage three for up to 4 000 MW.

Last Thursday, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona said government shares responsibility for the country's power problems as it deals with policy. This includes electricity prices set by the National Energy Regulator of SA.

READ: Govt co-owns Eskom's woes - Matona

Matona reiterated that the country's power supply would remain severely constrained in the coming months while Eskom deals with its maintenance backlog.

He said maintenance has been neglected in recent years and at times was deferred to keep the lights on.

In February 900 MW will be taken off the grid when one of the Koeberg nuclear power station's units is scheduled to undergo maintenance.

READ: Nene: Eskom's challenges are in SA

  • David Callanan - 2015-01-21 12:02

    My prediction is load shedding will not be needed for as long as Zuma is "representing" SA at Davos, as long as Afcon is happening and as long as money is quietly being siphoned from other key projects to fund Eskom's diesel bill...

      Made Inthe South - 2015-01-21 12:32

      No crisis at Nkandla or at the Eksdom sponsored Gupta breakfast meetings of R43 Million

      Revelgen - 2015-01-21 12:39

      Matona said 'government shares responsibility'??? Who the hell are they kidding? The ANC IS THE RESPONSIBILITY. They are a useless government.

      Peter Devey - 2015-01-21 13:15

      The Govt will wait until after Davos before revealing how Eskom will be bailed out. Don't want to upset the Davos marketing of investing in SA .

      Yob Vas - 2015-01-21 13:25

      the only guarantee that eskom can make that I place reliance on is that they cannot guarantee that they can keep the lights on.

  • Chris Bothma - 2015-01-21 12:04

    No kidding?

      Made Inthe South - 2015-01-21 12:38

      Why are Medupi and Kusile 5 years late[Operationally]?Because of violent labour strikes and faulty welding to the boilers,the boilers that Hitachi Power Africa[ZANC owned through Chancellor House] had a R38 Billion contract for.That resulted in them flying in overseas welders to do it over.And adding to cost.Google it Proudly brought to you by the ZANC Alliance[Of which Numsa was a part] MEDUPI AND KUSILE CURRENTLY R40 BILLION OVER BUDGET

  • Chequ Checked - 2015-01-21 12:04

    Eskom must be the most confused lot of idiots I have heard of....besides the ANC...damn somebody just had to beat them to the award....

      Made Inthe South - 2015-01-21 12:40

      Eksdom and ZANC are one and the same,because it is ZANC deployed cadres running the show at Eksdom

  • Peter Guenther - 2015-01-21 12:05

    If anything unexpected happens? :-) Unexpected.... Bloody hell anything which could happen with Eskom will be expected. Except nothing positive will happen because this is NOT expected.

  • Bennie Williams - 2015-01-21 12:10

    Eskom said no load shedding this week. Eish!!!!

      Trevor Martin - 2015-01-21 12:35

      and you believe them?

  • Chantelle Crocker Monaghan - 2015-01-21 12:33

    Every day they sing a different tune. Load shedding imminent, load shedding definite, might go ahead, won't be done, will be done. Make up your effing minds Eskom!!!

  • Nanina Schelan - 2015-01-21 12:49

    Nooo really is Escome trying to scare us? I they do we will deal with that perhaps we should stop paying electricity and steal power like so many do the we need not worry about load sheddinf then we will do it !!!!

      John Stoltz - 2015-01-21 13:24

      Nanina these pathetic idiots know all about the electricity theft, yet they refrain from taking action as it will cost them votes!! You cannot believe that there are 62% voting morons who still cant see their incompetence!!

  • Stiaan Jonker - 2015-01-21 13:14

    So what is new?! We all know that they should actually send out notices when the power will be on

  • John Stoltz - 2015-01-21 13:21

    Messrs ESKOM and our incompetent ANC Gov, why dont you just hand back the utility to the previous management for one year until your problems are resolved, and see if it works? But no you all are too proud, and will not admit you failed the people of South Africa, but rather struggle forth with no hope in sight! You are the disgrace of our nation!! (together with SAA, SABC, and other ANC dominated institutions)

  • Anakin Stealthwalker - 2015-01-21 13:51

    From a direct tweet to me, courtesy from Chris Yelland, as to the question of exactly how many smelters are still going: [ ref. twitter.com/chrisyelland ] "BHP Billiton Bayside aluminum smelter has closed down. Hillside potlines 1,2 and 3, and Mozal 1 and 2 still working" So while I switch off my cellphone charger, dvd player & pc at my multiplug (saving 1 milli-watt/hour so that's it not in standby, and keeping my geyser off most of the time (summer), and only use energy-efficient lights, the smelters happily just keep gobbling away Gigawatts of electricity BELOW COST while there is very little or no margin at all for plant failures or unexpected 'Eksdom events'...

  • Dany Ndlangamandla - 2015-01-21 13:59

    I wish if Zuma was white'what would u say

  • Danelle Victor - 2015-01-21 14:52

    Is this news? It will be more newsworthy to tell the residents of South Africa that ESKOM is capable of supplying stable electricity to South Africa.

  • Sydney Scheijde - 2015-01-21 16:03

    What really scares me is the fact that they can barely supply us with electricity now but what about in a few months time, when it's winter? Electricity usage is a lot more then than it is now.

  • Richard Young - 2015-01-21 19:35

    At the rate things are going anything is possible

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  • Mark Crozier - 2015-01-22 09:37

    Excuse me but didn't they say at the recent press conference that load shedding would become a reality as maintenance cannot be postponed any longer? Why are they still pussy footing around? Is it again a case of the tail (the ANC) wagging the dog (Eskom) due to the unpopularity of load shedding?

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