Eskom confirms load shedding for Saturday | Fin24
 
  • New Notes

    Long queues have formed in Harare after Zimbabwe released new bank notes and coins.

  • Open Book

    Former President Jacob Zuma says the public protector can access his tax records.

  • Electricity

    Sowetans should pay rate of R150/month to foster a payment culture, says an ANC councillor.

Loading...

Eskom confirms load shedding for Saturday

Oct 18 2019 17:09
Lameez Omarjee

Stage 1 load shedding will be implemented on Saturday as the power system remains "volatile", Eskom's spokesperson Dikatso Mothae has confirmed.

Mothae provided an update on the power system to Fin24 via WhatsApp on Friday.

"We will load shed at stage 1 tomorrow," she said.

The load shedding status for Sunday will only be confirmed on Saturday.

"[The] system is still volatile," Mothae added.

Crucially, South African rugby enthusiasts are hoping for power on Sunday, when South Africa takes on Japan in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final just after midday.

Contrary to what Eskom chair and acting CEO, Jabu Mabuza, told media at a briefing on Thursday evening, Eskom had not expected load shedding for the weekend. Furthermore, Mabuza said only stage 1 load shedding would be implemented on Friday.

Find your load shedding schedule here

Early on Friday morning, Eskom issued a notice that load shedding would be escalated from stage 1 to stage 2. The notice said this was as a result of losing additional capacity lost at Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo, Fin24 previously reported.

"Late last night, we lost Medupi 3, 4 and 5 due to coal and ash handling issues," Eskom said in its statement.

On Friday afternoon, however, Mothae said that unit 4 had come back online.

The power utility reintroduced load shedding on Wednesday this week due to a shortage of capacity following the failure of a conveyor belt, used to carry 4 000 tons of coal, from Exxaro's Grootgeluk Coal Mine to Medupi.

Mabuza has said the conveyor belt is expected to be repaired by next Wednesday.

eskom  |  load shedding
NEXT ON FIN24X

 
 
 
 

Company Snapshot

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

What do you think about private healthcare in SA?

Previous results · Suggest a vote

Loading...