Sun. Sep 20th, 2020

Load-shedding could still leave some Springbok fans in the dark

Springbok fans face a nervous wait to find out if they will be able to watch their team take on Japan in the Rugby World Cup on Sunday.

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Statements issued by Eskom on Saturday have made it clear that the power supplier cannot guarantee that load-shedding won’t take place during the Springboks Rugby World Cup quarterfinal.

The Springboks will have the nation behind them when they take on Rugby World Cup hosts Japan in Tokyo from 12:15 on Sunday 20 October, but some may find themselves cut off at the crucial moment.

Eskom continued rotational stage 1 load-shedding on Saturday and despite assurances that everything possible was being done to ensure the big game goes out load-shedding during the RWC quarterfinal appears likely.

Springboks should be happy with Wayne Barnes as Ref

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Referee Wayne Barnes signals to Handre Pollard of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between South Africa v Italy at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on October 04, 2019 in Fukuroi, Shizuoka, Japan. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

On Friday Eskom said they would be in a better position to make a call on Sunday at some point on 19 October but they have not confirmed any changes to the status quo.

“Our emergency response command centre will be meeting early tomorrow to assess the progress overnight and prognosis for the weekend and the coming week.

“We hope to have recovered adequately by Sunday so that South African can enjoy watching the Springboks playing in the World Cup,” a statement from Eskom read.

More load-shedding

The current round of load-shedding is said to have been brought about by the breakdown of a conveyor belt that carries coal to the Medupi power station. There have also been reports of boiler leaks at six power-generating units.

DSTV subscribers can watch the match on mobile devices through the DSTV Now App. Supersport are the sole broadcaster of the Rugby World Cup in South Africa.

Springboks hold the hopes of a nation 

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Load-shedding threatens to blackout Springbok match: Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa runs past Yu Tamura of Japan to score his side’s first try during the international match between Japan and South Africa at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium on September 6, 2019 in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

The Springboks progressed to the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals by finishing second in their Pool winning three matches in a row after losing their opener against the All Blacks.

South Africa have won four of their previous six Rugby World Cup quarterfinals, losing only in 2003 to the All Blacks and in 2011 to the Wallabies.

Eskom are expected to make an announcement on load-shedding early on Sunday morning with the current state of the grid described as ‘volatile’.

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