Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer said while the outlook was for stage 3 load-shedding to be implemented on Monday, “it may increase if there are additional breakdowns. For tomorrow, we are foreseeing stage 3, and then stage 2 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.”
He also addressed the need to burn diesel to keep the lights on.
“Our off-site stock level for Cape Town is about 12-million litres. We are burning 2-million litres per day. It is a significant burn and for the month to date we have burnt 40-million litres already, so we have to look that we don’t run out of diesel,” he said.
Interim group executive for generation Rhulani Mathebula said the system was volatile.
“We have experienced a number of failures over the weekend which has led to the situation we are facing. Boiler tube leaks remain our key thing in terms of our failures and resulting in generators taking time to return. There is a refocus on that, relooking at our strategies and our root causes to make sure we can curb this common trend of boiler tube leaks, especially at big stations like Majuba and Lethabo,” he said.