Eskom has announced that South Africans will face a full day of Stage 4 load shedding on Monday (March 18) as it battles a shortage of capacity.
The power utility implemented Stage 4 load shedding on Sunday. It said rotational power cuts would continue throughout the night at Stage 2 level until 09:00 on Monday, when Stage 4 will again be implemented. Power cuts during the nights have thus far been rare.
Stage 4 load shedding allows for up to 4000 MW to be shed from the national grid. The power utility said that load shedding – up to Stage 4 – might also be implemented on Tuesday.
In an alert on Sunday evening the utility said the power rationing is “no cause for alarm as the system is being effectively controlled”.
“Eskom’s maintenance teams are working round the clock to return generation units to the electricity system,” it said.
The utility did not detail on Sunday what exactly caused the shortage of capacity.