Eskom announced on Sunday that it was implementing stage 2 load shedding on Monday 13 July continuing a weekend spanning load shedding schedule.
The power cuts came as a result of breakdowns that occurred last week on the power Utility’s additional generation units. The power utility has said that despite its best efforts to return to the normal power supply, it has not made any significant progress.
Implementing load-shedding tomorrow is also necessary in order to replenish the emergency generation reserves to better prepare for the week,
“Eskom wishes to assure the public that implementing load-shedding is the last resort, in order to protect the national grid,” the company said.
Stage 2 load shedding had been suspended on Sunday at 22:00 and will resume on Monday at 09:00 according to Eskom.
Earlier on, Eskom had told South Africans that they should expect stage 1 load shedding for 3 days towards the end of July. However, just 2 weeks into July, the power utility has already hit South African homes with 4 days of stage 2 load shedding due to unexpected breakdowns.
Due to lack of demand for Electricity caused by several businesses being on halt during the lockdown, Eskom did not implement load shedding during the lockdown until now.