STATEMENT: Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented at 16:00

As previously communicated, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented at 16:00 – 24:00 this evening. Due to the shortage of generation capacity, loadshedding will be implemented during the same time on Thursday afternoon. Eskom will promptly communicate should any significant changes occur.

The breakdowns of a generation unit each at Duvha, Kendal and Kriel power stations during the last 24 hours, as well as the delays in returning units to service at Arnot, Kusile and Tutuka power stations have put a severe strain on the power generation system.

During the same period, Eskom teams have returned a unit each at Arnot and Tutuka power stations to service. While a generation unit each at Kriel, Majuba and Tutuka power stations are expected to return to service over the next 24 hours, this will still be insufficient to stave off loadshedding for Thursday afternoon.

We currently have 4 550MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 637MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly.

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