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Brace for more blackouts, says Eskom

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"The severely-constrained generation system will most likely persist through the coming week"

File picture: Courtney Africa / African News Agency (ANA)

SOUTH Africans have been urged to brace themselves for more rolling blackouts this week as Eskom says teams are working round the clock to return generation units to service.

“The severely-constrained generation system will most likely persist through the coming week,” Eskom said. 

“Eskom requests the public to help reduce electricity usage in order to lessen the impact of load shedding.”

It added that because of the cold weather, demand for electricity had also risen significantly.

On Sunday Eskom teams successfully returned to service three generation units at the Arnot, Duvha and Kendal power stations.

“These have added a combined 1 565MW capacity to the generation system, adding to the return to service of generation units at the Tutuka, Matimba and Arnot power stations. The return of a generation unit each at Tutuka, Kriel and Hendrina power stations has been delayed, contributing to the supply constraints,” it said.

Last week, Eskom announced that after a tripped unit at Medupi Power Station was restored to operation, one unit at Tutuka Power Station was yet to be restored as another unit at the same station went down. A third generation unit also tripped at Kendal Power Station.