Eskom said it would have to extend rotational power cuts to Thursday as its units continued to generate less power than was needed.
Eskom had initially indicated it would suspend the latest bout of load shedding on Monday morning, but said in a statement late on Sunday that its system remained under stress.
"While good progress has been made in replenishing water for our pumped storage schemes, we have not fully replenished diesel for our open cycle gas turbines, necessitating that Stage 2 loadshedding be implemented during the week until Thursday," it said.
#POWER ALERT 1— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) February 3, 2020
Date: 3 February 2020
Stage 2 rotational loadshedding will be implemented from 09:00 today until Thursday at 06:00, with respite between 06:00 to 09:00 each day, when possible pic.twitter.com/hWi9Bba5FQ
"While rotational load shedding is unavoidable, in an effort to minimise the impact on traffic, we will endeavor to provide a break in load shedding from 06:00 to 9:00am each day in the week, when possible."
Eskom, which supplies about 95 percent of the country's electricity, has been forced to effect load shedding on and off for months to avoid tripping the national grid, partly due to the frequent breakdown of its infrastructure after years of inadequate maintenance.
POWER ALERT 2— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) February 3, 2020
Date: 3 February 2020
Stage 2 rotational loadshedding will be implemented until 16:00 today and will resume at 18:00, to help ease traffic congestion @SABCNewsOnline @IOL @ewnupdates @eNCA @SowetanLIVE @News24 @TheCitizen_News @TheSAnews pic.twitter.com/8OMz5fy2bh
It has generally applied "stage 2" load shedding which involves suppressing up to 2,000 megawatts of demand, but was last year forced to accelerate this to an unprecedented "stage 6" -- involving up to 6,000 MW, as the grid came under immense pressure.
Last Friday the utility's new chief executive Andre de Ruyter warned that South Africa would experience increased load shedding for the foreseeable future because of the problems inherent in the power system.
"Our system is constrained, it is unreliable and unpredictable and it is prone to unplanned outages and breakdowns," de Ruyter told a news conference.
Load shedding schedules can be accessed through these channels👇🏽— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) February 3, 2020
Loadshedding website https://t.co/HU9rLhpo4y
Call 086 003 7566
MyEskom app https://t.co/99xBTCodMz
Municipal customers can find their schedules on munic web sites & social media handles.
African News Agency (ANA)