The likelihood remains high that load shedding may have to be implemented at short notice on Sunday due to an increase in "unplanned breakdowns", Eskom said. File picture: Reuters/Rogan Ward
The likelihood remains high that load shedding may have to be implemented at short notice on Sunday due to an increase in "unplanned breakdowns", Eskom said. File picture: Reuters/Rogan Ward

Eskom says likelihood of load shedding remains high on Sunday

By ANA Reporter Time of article published Mar 8, 2020

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Johannesburg - The likelihood remains high that load shedding may have to be implemented at short notice on Sunday due to an increase in "unplanned breakdowns" and further system risks having been identified, Eskom said.

"The system is currently constrained, unpredictable, and vulnerable," the embattled state-owned power utility said in a statement.

"We are replenishing the emergency reserves in order to be in a better position to meet demand for the coming week, but there is still a high likelihood that load shedding may be implemented today [Sunday] should there be further unexpected changes in the generation system performance," it said.

The co-operation of every South African in managing electricity consumption with care would go a long way in helping Eskom minimise the likelihood of load shedding. Eskom requested customers to continue to use electricity sparingly and to assist in reducing demand.

"Unplanned breakdowns" or outages were at 12,077 MW as at 11.30am on Sunday and planned maintenance outages were at 4963 MW, the statement said.

- African News Agency (ANA)

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