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Rolling blackouts in stage 3

Eskom is implementing stage three rolling blackouts, it announced on Friday. At 12.22pm the power utility tweeted: “Eskom has implemented Stage 3 load shedding. ow.ly/i/7PC5u.” On its load-shedding website, it said rolling blackouts would be used “under emergency conditions for limited periods”. It said three schedules had been developed, based on[…]

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Cosatu bemoans ‘unfair’ load shedding scheduling

The country has been hit hard over the past few weeks by a crippling electricity crisis which has led to the re-introduction of scheduled power cuts. However, there has been criticism over the manner in which load shedding has been enforced, with claims of prejudice towards poorer communities. As a[…]

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No power cuts this week

There are no scheduled power cuts for this week, Eskom said on Monday. “[The] system will be tight but no load shedding is planned at this stage,” Eskom spokesman Andrew Etzinger said in a statement. “We are starting the week in a good position as we were able to replenish[…]

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Tough times ahead for Eskom, SA

Eskom and South Africa must brace themselves for tough measures in order to make the power supply sustainable, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Tuesday. “We have to organise the country to attack these problems… Failure is not an option,” she said at Eskom’s Megawatt Park in Johannesburg. Eskom[…]

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System constrained for foreseeable future: Eskom

The power system is expected to be very tight over the evening peaks of the next few days, Eskom said on Monday. “However the risk of load shedding for today and tomorrow is medium to low,” the power utility said in its latest system status bulletin. “This is owing to[…]

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Power cuts will last all weekend: Eskom

Power cuts are scheduled to take place throughout the weekend, Eskom said on Friday afternoon. “Load shedding will recommence again tomorrow [Saturday] and Sunday at 9am in order to build up reserves for the week ahead,” it said in a statement. It said there were a number of reasons for[…]

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Matriculants urged to plan for load shedding

Matriculants will not be affected by loadshedding during their examination period, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) said on Monday. As nationwide load shedding kicked off on Sunday, the Eskom has reassured that most power outages will occur during the evening. The department said it was satisfied that loadshedding will[…]

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No power cuts on Monday: Eskom

There will not be power cuts as a result of the Majuba power station crisis anywhere in the country on Monday, Eskom said. “There will be no load shedding today [Monday]. We managed to restore coal supplies to two of the six units at the [Majuba] power station. This means[…]

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Avoid blackouts at all costs: Eskom

Load shedding occurred on Sunday to ensure South Africa’s power grid did not suffer a black-out, Eskom said. This followed the collapse of a coal silo, silo number 20, at the Majbuba power station early Saturday afternoon, thereby severely impacting the station’s ability to produce power. Steve Lennon, group executive[…]

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Eskom initiates countrywide load shedding

The City of Cape Town has been advised by Eskom that they have initiated countrywide load shedding from 8am this morning. This will affect Cape Town residents in both the Eskom supply area and the City supply area. The load shedding schedule for City of Cape Town supply residents is[…]

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