Loadshedding is back. Eskom released a statement on Friday morning to say that it would be implementing loadshedding from 12 today…

The power utility said it was due to the increase in generation unit breakdowns.

“This will continue until 22: 00. This loadshedding has been caused by an increase in plant breakdowns exceeding 3 000MW of capacity. Eskom is working hard to return as many of these generation units to service.”

“While five generation units were taken off the grid last night and this morning, a breakdown at the Matimba power station has today resulted in the need for loadshedding. Two units at the Arnot power station, as well as a unit each at Kendal, Tutuka and Majuba were taken off the grid last night and this morning. These removed more than 3 000MW of capacity from the system. The delayed return to service of a generation unit at the Duvha power station has also added significant pressure to the generation system. We urge the public to continue reducing electricity usage to help us minimise loadshedding.”

This constrained supply situation may persist throughout the weekend.

We also request the public to reduce electricity usage between 16:00 and 22:00 in order to assist us in limiting the incidence of loadshedding. Over the past two evenings the help of the public assisted us in avoiding the need for load shedding. With your help Eskom can again recover from this much quicker.

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