Power utility Eskom said it would continue rolling blackouts for a third straight day on Tuesday, taking 3,000 MW off the load at any given time to ease pressure on the national grid.

It said generating units that had broken down unexpectedly had returned to service, but emergency reserves were still very low.

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From the president

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed dismay at news of Eskom’s load-shedding.

“That comes as quite a shock,” he said, speaking at the at the 32nd African Union heads of state summit on Monday afternoon. “It is reported that there are six units that are down – that is most worrying, most disturbing.”

During his SONA last week, he announced Eskom would be unbundled into three entities.

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Stage 3

“Eskom will implement Stage 3 rotational load-shedding from 08h00 today and is likely to continue until 23h00,” the utility said.

“Stage 3 calls for 3,000 MW to be rotationally load-shed nationally at a given period. Load-shedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.”

“We remain uncomfortable about the stability of the generating system but will keep the country informed of our progress over the next few days in providing better assurance about electricity supply,” chairperson of the Eskom board, Jabu Mabuza, said.

– African News Agency

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