Power utility Eskom is urging people to use electricity sparingly as the system is severely constrained. Eskom said in a statement it unexpectedly lost four large units due to unplanned breakdowns.
The breakdowns happened at a unit at Kendal, Majuba and Lethabo power stations,” Eskom said.
“Furthermore, a unit at Duvha and Tutuka power stations have not returned to service as expected. It said another unit at Kendal was taken off due to technical difficulties.
23 June 2020 at 17:15
Our power system is under severe pressure – Please switch off all unnecessary lights, your geyser, pool pump and non-essential appliances. pic.twitter.com/Lzum8wUZMB
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) June 23, 2020
“Eskom has 31,000MW available total capacity to meet tonight (Tuesday).
“While we expect some units to return to service soon, the situation may persist until the weekend.”
Meanwhile, parts of Gauteng will experience what Eskom calls “load reduction” until 10 pm. Areas affected include Soweto, Roodepoort and the Vaal.
In other news – Dineo Ranaka in serious trouble for attending Somizi and Mohale’s wedding – She now has to pay back R18 000