Eskom Announces Stage 2 Loadshedding

Eskom has announced that it will be implementing loadshedding today. For all the details on this round of loadshedding, read further.

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South Africans have become accustomed to power cuts with Eskom announcing that loadshedding will start up today.

From 16:00 on Thursday afternoon, stage 2 loadshedding will be in place until 21:00.

Eskom put out a statement on Thursday afternoon which said:

Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 until 21:00 tonight due to shortage of generation capacity.

They continued to explain that this is happening due to the shortage of generation capacity as well as the demand which comes with cold weather, which is being experienced in parts of the country and rather severely.

As for those in Cape Town, the City has said that City-supplied customers will have Stage 1 load-shedding from 16:00 to 17:00 and then stage 2 from 17:00 to 19:00.

Even though a slight improvement was seen in generation performance, loadshedding continuing comes as a result of additional breakdowns of generating units and to replenish the reserves which have been depleted.

Eskom said, "Unfortunately, a generation unit each at Tutuka and Medupi Power Stations were forced offline this afternoon, increasing the capacity constraints on the power system". There were also generation units which were supposed to return to service that have been delayed.

The power utility company said that they have a breakdowns totalling 14 137 MW while planned maintenance is 2924 MW of capacity.

Eskom regrets the inconvenience caused by these power constraints.

Eskom has once again reminded citizens that it will continue to implement reliability maintenance and as such, the system will continue to be constrained.

Eskom will continue to assess and communicate promptly as the situation changes.

South Africans are asked to use electricity sparingly.

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