Rolling blackouts could be extended into the weekend: Eskom

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Eskom has extended blackouts, stage two started at 5am on Thursday morning and will run until 4 pm in the afternoon.

The power cuts will then be ramped-up to stage 4 until midnight.

Eskom Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha has also warned they may have to extend the rolling blackouts into the weekend.

Mantshantsha says, “It is anticipated that Stage 2 will be implemented at 05:00 – 24:00 on Friday. This load shedding will also assist in recovering emergency generation reserves, which have been utilised extensively to meet the increased demand over the last few days…”

“The delay in returning a generation unit to service each at Arnot, Koeberg and the Kusile power stations, as well as the unplanned breakdowns of a generation unit each at Camden, Grootvlei, Lethabo, Majuba, Medupi and two units at Hendrina power stations, have exacerbated the capacity constraints,” added Mantshantsha.