Eskom on Tuesday warned that it could bring back load-shedding “at short notice should any further breakdowns occur”.
Last week the power utility said load-shedding would not be implemented during the I November local government elections.
Hardly a day after the elections, Eskom warned of possible load-shedding and requested the public to reduce the usage of electricity “as the power system is severely constrained”.
In a statement on Tuesday, Eskom said: “While no load-shedding has been implemented at this stage, Eskom requests the public to reduce the usage of electricity as the power system is severely constrained.
“Load-shedding may be required at short notice should any further generation breakdowns occur, or should some of the generating units not return to service as expected.”
Eskom said over the past 24 hours its teams returned a generation unit each at Camden, Kendal, and Medupi power stations.
“Over the same period two generation units; one at Arnot and another at Hendrina tripped while a unit each at Arnot and Lethabo were forced to shut down,” said the power utility.
“Total breakdowns currently amount to 15 852MW while planned maintenance is 4 036MW of capacity.”
Eskom said load-shedding would only be implemented as a last resort to maintain the stability of the power system.
“We would like again to apologise for the inconvenience caused to the people of South Africa by the constraints,” said Eskom.