Due to the continued shortage of generation capacity, Stage 2 loadshedding is currently being implemented until midnight. Stage 2 loadshedding will again be implemented during the evening peak period of 16:00-24:00 both on Saturday and Sunday. Eskom will promptly communicate any further significant changes.
The capacity constraints have been exacerbated by the delay in returning a generation unit to service each at Koeberg, Kusile and Tutuka power stations, as well as the unplanned breakdowns of a generation unit each at Camden and Medupi, two at Hendrina and four units at Arnot power stations. Some generation units are anticipated to return to service over the next few days.
We currently have 3 571MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 624MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
This loadshedding will also assist in recovering emergency generation reserves, which have been utilised extensively to meet demand over the last few days.
Eskom would like to remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly especially during these uncertain times on the power system.
Issued by Eskom