Eskom scraps plans to downscale loadshedding

08:38 (GMT+2) Fri, 18 Oct 2019

National electricity provider Eskom said on Friday it would effect a third day of rotational power cuts, saying it had lost supply from some generating units due to coal and ash handling issues.

Eskom, which had initially indicated it would scale down loadshedding to "Stage 1", which involves suppressing 1,000MW of demand at any given time, said it would instead apply "Stage 2" -- in which it takes off 2,000MW -- for the greater part of the day.

The state-owned utility said it had, since a media briefing late on Thursday, suffered a major setback by losing additional capacity from Medupi power station.

Financially strapped Eskom, which supplies 95 per cent of South Africa's electricity demand, imposed similar power cuts earlier this year, saying its units were struggling to keep up with demand.

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