South Africa plunges back into darkness

South Africa: South Africans were advised by state-owned enterprise Eskom that emergency loadshedding would be implemented as unplanned breakdowns were above 10,500 MW, impacting the utility’s ability to meet the current demand.

In a statement, the parastatal noted that while some generating units have already returned to service, contingency measures have been put in place to manually feed coal to Medupi whilst they look into a permanent solution to the coal conveyor belt failure at the station.

The utility said that they regret the inconvenience and customers are reminded to treat all electrical points as live during this period. Regular updates on the status of the power system will be provided through all the media platforms and will include the relevant times that loadshedding will be implemented on the day.

Source: ESI Africa