Eskom has warned South Africans to brace themselves as a full day of Stage 4 load shedding looms due to a shortage of power supply.
The power utility has announced that South Africans will face a full day of Stage 4 load shedding on today, 18 March 2019, due to a shortage of capacity. Over the weekend, Eskom had implemented Stage 2 load shedding, where the power went off in the morning and in the evening.
By Sunday, 17 March 2019, the country was on Stage 4 load shedding, which was momentarily reduced to Stage 2 throughout the night. On Monday, South Africans woke up to Eskom’s alert of a full day of Stage 4 load shedding.
In a statement issued on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that some of the electricity shortage and subsequent load shedding was due to the storm damage to the Mozambican transmission line to South Africa from the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric station.
“The loss of the supply from Cahora Bassa has contributed to the implementation of Stage 4 load shedding, which is the level at which the power utility tries to pre-empt a national blackout,” he said.
Stage 4 load shedding allows for up to 4 000 megawatts to be shed from the national grid. Although the country is plunged into Stage 4 load shedding, which could possibly result in a national blackout, the power utility said the power cuts are not to raise alarm as the system is being effectively controlled.
“Eskom’s maintenance teams are working round the clock to return generation units to the electricity system,” read the alert.
Stage 4 load shedding is also pre-empted for a full day on Tuesday, 19 March 2019.