JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it has moved back to stage 4 load-shedding to last until 11pm on Tuesday.
This after the power utility implemented stage 6 load-shedding on Monday night.
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“This follows a technical problem at Medupi Power Station impacting additional generation supply. The heavy rains caused coal handling problems at several power stations,” Eskom said.
“We remind and assure customers that load-shedding at stage 6 is no cause for alarm as the system is being effectively controlled. Stage 6, requires 6000MW to be rotationally load-shed.”
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer said on Monday the recent excessive rain is making things very difficult for the power utility.
"We have not recovered. We lost another two units over the weekend due to unplanned breakdowns. Stage 2 will continue. At this point in time, we believe that towards the end of the week the situation will improve."
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says some tough questions have to be asked.
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“We have to ask a lot of questions, about how do we get, what I call partials that are off-grid at the moment or offline. How do we improve the level of maintenance? How do we get better quality of repair work done on some of the boiler tube leaks and other technical problems that we have? And ho do we recover from the flooded power stations as well.”
“Our goal is to get to normality,” added Gordhan.
Gordhan said load-shedding was not in a big crisis but rather a “manageable crisis.”