22 Nov 2023 | SANews
Eskom has announced the implementation of Stage 4 loadshedding until further notice.
In a short statement on social media site X, Eskom said: “Due to insufficient emergency reserves and generation capacity as a result of four units not returning to service as planned, Stage 4 loadshedding was implemented this morning at 02:31am until further notice,” it said on Wednesday.
This as the power utility on Tuesday announced the implementation of Stage 2 loadshedding from 9am to 4pm followed by Stage 3 from 4pm until 5am on Wednesday. This was to be followed by Stage 2 loadshedding until 4pm. At the time, it said the pattern of implementing Stage 2 in the morning and Stage 3 loadshedding in the evening would be repeated daily until further notice.
Meanwhile, Minister in the Presidency for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, has encouraged workers at Lethabo Power Station to keep the station’s performance high.
The power station is Eskom’s second best performing station.
The Minister was visiting the Free Stat- based power station as part of a follow up of his initial visits to power stations.
“When units fail…just remember what that does to the South African economy and the poor. Remember what that does to the national fiscus and our ability to meet our promise to take care of the poor, ensure that people remain in employment and ensure that we are able to realise growth.
“I’ve come here… to say thank you. Let’s keep up the good work. There’s more that ought to be done,” he said.
The Minister explained government’s plans to augment generation capacity.
“We are working on new generation capacity. We can’t just solely rely on the Eskom fleet; we need additional generation capacity and here I’m talking of gas. We are working on gas – 3000MW – and we are also working on connecting the renewables, solar PV and wind.
“I have been assigned the responsibility of coming back to Cabinet with a financing model proposition on how we are going to expand and strengthen the grid,” he said.