Now that all those lovely public holidays have finished, it’s the perfect time for load shedding to come back. Because the average person tends to be more upset when it’s cutting into their time than the boss’ time. Hence, you’re far less likely to cause physical harm to one of the politicians who allowed things to get this far.
Caution: Load shedding ahead
South Africa can expect the lights to go out starting from 17h00 this evening. Eskom said that Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented as a result of “…a shortage of generation capacity”. This is being blamed on the State-owned utility being unable to bring generators back online in time. Plus, there are nine generators that have broken down. Sounds like things are going well on that side.
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) May 3, 2022
Never mind, though. We’re sure having a unit out at Lethabo, Tutuka, Drakensburg, and Arnot is all perfectly normal. So is having two units each out at Hendria and Matla power stations. 15,067MW of South Africa’s capacity is out as a result of breakdowns, plus almost 4,000MW as a result of maintenance.
Load shedding will continue until 05h00 on Monday, 9 May, according to Eskom. As usual, though, expect the stage to scale back if the utility can make any headway. Or jump right up to Stage 4, if anything truly… special… happens. Or, as we like to call it in South Africa, business as usual.