Eskom said late on Saturday night that another day of Stage 4 load shedding would be implemented on Sunday.
In a statement, the power utility said load shedding would shift from Stage 4 to Stage 2 from 23:00 on Saturday evening up until 08:00 on Sunday morning. It will then move to Stage 4 from 08:00 to 23:00 on Sunday.
It also confirmed that the latest round of load shedding was as a result of the recent cyclone in Mozambique.
“Unfortunately, even with the implementation of Stage 4 load shedding today, Eskom experienced a further decline in water reserves, which was used to supplement generation capacity. The management of the diesel and water resources is essential to ensure that the impact of the potential stage of load shedding in the week can be reduced.
Earlier on Saturday morning the power utility said it would be implementing Stage 2 load shedding from 08:00 to 23:00 due to a shortage of capacity and a loss of additional generating units. But just after 10:00 the power utility alerted consumers via Twitter that load shedding would be kicked up to Stage 3.
“The situation remains tight and volatile and we may have to implement further load shedding should the situation deteriorate,” Eskom said in a statement.
“Depending on how quickly we can restore power, this may impact the prognosis for tomorrow and next week,” the power utility warned.
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