Loadshedding To Continue Until Saturday

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


South Africans have become accustomed to power cuts with Eskom announcing that loadshedding is back since Friday.

From 9PM on Friday night, stage 2 loadshedding will be in place until 5AM on Saturday.

Eskom put out a statement on Thursday afternoon which said:

Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented starting tonight from 21:00 to 05:00 in the morning, and will again resume on Friday night at 21:00 to 05:00 on Saturday morning.

They continued to explain that this is happening in order to replenish emergency generation reserves

As for those in Cape Town, the City has said that City-supplied customers will have Stage 2 load-shedding from 10PM on Friday until 5AM on Saturday.

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, "Emergency reserves have been depleted faster than expected due to further breakdowns of a generating unit each at Kriel and Tutuka power stations. Delays in returning generating units at Tutuka, Grootvlei and Kendal have also contributed to the depletion of emergency reserves".

The depletion of energy reserves coupled with the breakdowns may lead to further load shedding over the weekend.

The power utility company said that they have a breakdowns totalling 14 982 MW while planned maintenance is 5334 MW of capacity.

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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