Eskom blames cold weather as it announces Stage 4 loadshedding for Thursday
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Johannesburg - Eskom has announced more Stage 4 loadshedding for Thursday, blaming the cold weather being experienced around the country and persistent generation constraints.
South Africans were welcomed into September with the news of Stage 2 loadshedding on Tuesday morning.
On Wednesday, there was more loadshedding and after 3pm, this was stepped up two notches, to Stage 4 loadshedding.
In a statement on Wednesday, the power utility said Stage 4 loadshedding on Thursday would commence from 8am until 10pm.
“Eskom would like to confirm that due to the continuing severe generation supplies constraints caused by multiple unit breakdowns as well as the additional demand as a result of the cold weather, Stage 4 loadshedding will resume at 8am until 10pm on Thursday.
“Loadshedding will persist throughout the week as Eskom teams work around the clock to return as many of these generation units to service as possible,” read the statement from the power utility.
Residents at the City of Johannesburg were left hampered, experiencing upto an additional hour of loadshedding after it was upgraded to Stage 4.
Areas such as Randburg, Bryanston and Fourways, had their loadshedding prolonged for over an hour.
The reasons for the delayed return of power were not disclosed, but some residents in the Bryanston area were again left further frustrated, when their area suffered a power outage about an hour after power was restored.
#JoburgUpdates #Bryanston, We are aware of power outage affecting parts of Bryanston & surround.— @CityPowerJhb (@CityPowerJhb) September 2, 2020
We have sent out a team to investigate & work on fault. No ETR available as yet & we apologise for any inconvenience caused.^LP
Anger and Frustration
@CityPowerJhb Bryanston loadshedding was from 12 mid day to 16.30. Power came on for 15 or 20 min then went off. Still off till now. Any update on this— Ash Pillay (@ashpillay777) September 2, 2020
@CityPowerJhb power out at Bryanston 2b since 5pm. Please update.— Lior Losinsky (@LLosinsky) September 2, 2020
Hello. Hi. @CityPowerJhb please can you let us know what is happening in Bryanston East (2B). It’s not leaker you be loadshedded from 12-4:30 and then the power disappears again. I want to listen to some tunes. So help neh?— MizChinell (@MizChinell) September 2, 2020
We've had load shedding for seven hours. Can the Karen’s in Bryanston please take action.— Healer. (@whoisnthabiii) September 2, 2020
I feel like Bryanston is ALWAYS having electricity problems aowa 💔😭— The Divine Feminine 💕 (@Nandie_Khumalo) September 2, 2020
Meanwhile, Eskom said it would continue to communicate the stages of loadshedding should there be any further developments.
“The loadshedding is necessary in order to conserve and replenish emergency reserves while also maintaining the stability of the power system.
“Eskom urges the people of South Africa to help reduce electricity usage in order to ease the pressure on the system,” the power utility said.