Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 this afternoon

Due to further breakdowns of generating units at Kriel, Arnot, Majuba and Tutuka Power Stations over the past 24 hours, as well as delays in returning units to service at Duvha and Tutuka Power Stations, Eskom regrets to inform the public that Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented starting at 16:00 this afternoon until 05:00 tomorrow morning.

This loadshedding will also assist to replenish the emergency generation reserves, which have been utilised extensively over the past three weeks to avoid loadshedding during the day.

During this period a generation unit each at Kusile and Arnot returned to service. This, however, is not sufficient to eliminate loadshedding for the rest of the week. The generation supply constraints will persist throughout the high winter demand period, which increases the likelihood of further loadshedding.

Breakdowns currently total 15 360MW of capacity, while another 1 580MW is unavailable due to planned maintenance. Some generation units are expected to return to service starting this evening, which would help ease the strain.

Eskom would like to appeal to the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to assist the country get through these capacity constraints.

Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the system.

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