Eskom to implement stage 2 load shedding on Thursday

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FILE PHOTO: Electricity pylons are seen along the cooling tower of the defunct Orlando Power Station in Soweto, South Africa, June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo
A shopkeeper waits for customers in his candlelit fast food store during a load shedding electricity blackout in. South African power utility Eskom expanded rolling blackouts for a second straight day to the “Stage Three” level on Wednesday, meaning it needs to cut 4,000 megawatts from household and industrial consumers to prevent a grid collapse. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Eskom will implement stage 2 load shedding on Thursday between 08:00 and 22:00, the fifth consecutive day of rotational power cuts.

Stage 2 load shedding allows for up to 2000 MW to be shed from the national grid.

The power utility said in a statement there had been some improvement in generation performance and the replenishment of water and diesel supplies over Wednesday, when stage 3 load shedding was implemented.

The power system continues to be vulnerable. “Should Eskom experience significant unplanned generator trips, this could impact the magnitude and risk of load shedding,” it said.It added that its operations were unaffected by Wednesday’s national jobs strike by trade union federation Cosatu.

On Wednesday Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan promised that load shedding would not become a permanent occurrence.

“The board will ensure, as will government itself, that the experience of load shedding will be as short as possible and ensure it does not become a permanent feature for SA,” he told the oversight committee on public enterprises.