Load Shedding To Continue Until Thursday

South Africans should prepare themselves for more power outages as Eskom looks to extend its Stage 2 load-shedding further into the week.



Power utility, Eskom has announced in a statement released on Friday that Stage 2 load-shedding will be extended from 21:00 tonight until 05:00 on Thursday morning.

This is in order to continue replenishing the emergency generation reserves, and address additional risks. 

The power utility has urged the public to continue using electricity sparingly, as during this time they are working to return generating units to service.

Total breakdowns amount to 14 760MW while planned maintenance is 5 277 MW of capacity. Whilst still recovering four units at Tutuka, which had experienced conveyor belt failures, the fleet suffered a cluster of boiler leaks within a short period of time.  

As of Friday 8 October 2021 the stage 1 and stage 2 load-shedding for those located in the City of Cape Town is scheduled as follows:

  • Stage 2 from 22:00 - 06:00
  • Stage 1 from 06:00 - 22:00, then back to Stage 2.

Eskom further stated that emergency reserves have been further depleted on Friday due to breakdowns of a generating unit each at Kusile, Komati and Hendrina power stations.

The return of a generating unit at the Majuba power station on the same day provided some relief, however, this was insufficient to curb the extensive use of emergency reserves.


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