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Delegates are eagerly awaiting the opening address from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, at the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba kicking off in Cape Town today (3 February).

After South Africans endured a weekend of rolling blackouts, they were informed of the same fate for the week ahead.

It will be interesting to see what international and local delegates discuss regarding South Africa’s power and mining markets.

Read more: Eskom: Stage 2 loadshedding resumes, weekend reality

The utility announced on Sunday [2 February] that Stage 2 loadshedding will resume from 09:00 until 06:00 on Tuesday and will continue until Thursday at 06:00.

“While rotational loadshedding is unavoidable, in an effort to minimise the impact on traffic, we will endeavour to provide a break in loadshedding from 06:00 to 09:00 each day in the week, when possible,” the power utility advised.

Eskom explained: “Unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 11,831MW as at 17:00 this afternoon [2 February]. While good progress has been made in replenishing water for our pumped storage schemes, we have not fully replenished diesel for our open-cycle gas turbines, necessitating that Stage 2 loadshedding be implemented during the week until Thursday.

“We will continue to monitor the system closely and will give periodic updates on the status of the power system as things may change at short notice.” 

The parastatal further added: “We regret that loadshedding has a negative impact on South Africa.  Critical maintenance is being done to units on planned outages as well as some of those on unplanned outages to ensure timeous return to service.” 

ESI Africa will provide updates pertaining to these discussions.