Eskom Warns That Load Shedding May Escalate

Electricity provider Eskom has announced they will implement Stage 2 load shedding on Tuesday, September 1 as multiple generation units have suffered breakdowns. Load shedding will be begin between midday and 10pm.
Eskom lost operation of one unit each at the Arnot, Medupi, Lethabo and Matla power stations. Two generation units were lost at the Majuba, Camden and Tutuka power stations.
“Ten generations units at seven power stations sufffered breakdowns in the past 48 hours,” the power utility said in a statement. “Any further deterioration in performance may necessitate the escalation of load shedding at short notice.”
The City of Cape Town has issued the following tips to keep prepared for load shedding:
– Cash: Keep some cash on you as ATMs cannot operate without electricity
– Communication: Ensure that your cell phone, laptop, tablet and radio are always fully charged when power is available. This will allow you to be able to communicate with friends and family during load-shedding
– Eating: If you do not have a gas stove, prepare meals before the power is scheduled to be switched off. Boil water in your kettle and keep it in thermos flasks for hot drinks. You can also use an insulating cover on teapots, pots and pans to keep drinks and meals warm
– Most medication requiring refrigeration can be kept in a closed fridge for several hours without spoiling but you should check with your doctor or pharmacist if in doubt
– Security and safety: Backup batteries for electrically operated gates, garage doors and security systems should be kept in a good working condition and be able to last through periods of load-shedding. Store temporary lighting such as battery-powered torches, gas lamps and candles in places where they will be easy to find in the dark
– Transport: Make sure that your vehicle always has fuel in the tank as most petrol stations are unable to pump fuel during power outages.