Stage 1 load-shedding that was on Friday ended at 23:00 in the evening. However, it will begin again on Saturday morning at 9:00 as confirmed by Eskom on a statement posted on Twitter (Social Network) on Friday.
‘While the system remains severely constrained and unpredictable, Eskom will stage 1 load-shedding at 23:00 tonight. Regrettably, load-shedding will start again on Saturday morning’ Eskom said on Friday on Twitter.
On Friday evening, the Presidency released a statement announcing the resignation of the Eskom Chairman Mr. Jabu Mabuza. The blackouts will continue on Saturday, however, it will depend on how the system performs overnight and will be communicated tomorrow morning at 8:00.
Eskom emphasizes the absence of power on Saturday even when there is a team hard at work to ensure that no further units are lost.
‘Unfortunately, even with our best efforts, we anticipate that there will be a need for load-shedding over the weekend’ Eskom said.
The system was sitting at 12 738MW at 18:30, Friday, 10 January 2020 – this makes the system vulnerable, hence unplanned outages surfaces. Eskom admittedly said load-shedding is the cause of inadequate maintenance over many years.
Date: 10 January 2020
Loadshedding will stop at 23:00 on Friday evening, and start again on Saturday morning at 09h00 @SABCNewsOnline @IOL @ewnupdates @eNCA @SAgovnews @News24 @TimesLIVE @SowetanLIVE @Fin24 @TheCitizen_News @Moneyweb pic.twitter.com/KRPJg8LX6D
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) January 10, 2020
On the 9th ANC Deputy President, David Mabuza admitted that President Cyril Ramaphosa was misled by Esom board when he announced to the country that there will be no load-shedding until January the 13th.
“They’ve misled the president, but right from the day we went there with the president I insisted on Eskom’s maintenance,”
“We will deal with the problems of Eskom. Yes, these are problems we are confronting as ANC and as government. We are not running away from it,”
The ANC government needs to address real issues affecting communities. Reality must be anchored in a message of hope. We are in the Northern Cape to engage with our people and address such issues. #ANC108 pic.twitter.com/MzXijwej2e
— Gwede Mantashe (@GwedeMantashe1) January 9, 2020
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says South Africans shouldn’t put too much pressure on the president, saying he has the political responsibility to ensure that South Africa doesn’t experience load-shedding.
On Friday, during stage 1, Eskom explained the power utility that:
“pumped storage schemes have been sufficiently replenished, and we continue to work to improve on the levels of diesel at our open cycle gas turbine generators. These emergency reserves will be used to supplement generation capacity today. Our intention is, however, to use as little diesel as possible in order to manage our costs. Our diesel generators will therefore only be used in the event of emergencies to back up our other units,”
As soon as Mr. Jabu Mabuza resigned, it was said on a statement that the Government will soon announce a re-configured Eskom board with the appropriate mix of the electricity industry, engineering, and corporate governance experience.
The Eskom’s management is questionable,
“We are very concerned about the state of SOE’s (state-owned enterprises) in the country, not only because they have become a pit for our economy but because they have become the ground to settle political scores. We would like to register that we don’t believe that the Eskom war room is a solution to Eskom’s technical and governance challenges. We call for an investigation and divisive action to be taken against those who have lied to the president and the country,” said the lobby group.
As load-shedding crisis looms again tomorrow, make sure you what’s happening in your area by looking at your area’s load-shedding schedule on Eskom’s load-shedding page. The national spokesman of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Sizwe Pamla, reported by Bloomberg, said on Friday:
‘This board has been there for two years and they don’t have a strategy or turnaround plan and they don’t seem to have a funding plan except to dismantle Eskom, On top of that we have load-shedding, so heads must roll.’