Power utility Eskom has confirmed that stage 1 load shedding will be implemented on Saturday. Eskom’s spokesperson Dikatso Mothae says the power system remains volatile.
Eskom says it will reinstate stage two load shedding from midday to 23:00 on Friday. It says it will start with stage one at 09:00 and switch to stage two at midday.
The Gauteng Education Department says despite a few glitches that load shedding caused, the majority of the grade 12 learners were able to write the Information Technology exam on Friday.
Eskom says it will be implementing Stage one load shedding from nine o’ clock tomorrow morning to eleven o’ clock tomorrow night but doesn’t expect further loadshedding for the rest of the weekend.
The department of Education has raised concerns over the possibility that grade 12 learner’s exams might be disrupted.
The Basic Education Department is considering rescheduling the Grade 12 technology exam which could not be written in many parts of the country due to power cuts.
The impact of load shedding is currently estimated to be R75 million per stage, per day for the Western Cape.
Eskom says stage two load shedding will continue on Thursday, adding that the return of load shedding is due to high levels of unplanned breakdowns and could continue for the rest of the week.
Several Johannesburg suburbs are still without power following Wednesday’s load shedding, but technicians are on-site trying to resolve the matter
Political parties have expressed concern over load shedding, saying insufficient warning was given to South Africans before the power outage was implemented,