On Wednesday, Eskom released a statement to say it would implement Stage 2 loadshedding from 17:00 this afternoon until 23:00 on Friday…

This was following the loss of generation capacity and to replenish emergency generation reserves.

“There is a probability that loadshedding may be implemented at short notice should any further breakdowns occur before then,” said the power utility.

Continued poor performance at the Kusile, Duvha and Tutuka Power Stations, as well as delays in returning some other units to service and breakdowns over the last week, have caused the need to implement this loadshedding.

“Eskom has had to extensively utilise the emergency generation reserves, which are being rapidly depleted. This period of loadshedding will be used to replenish the emergency generation reserves.”

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High probability of loadshedding throughout the weekend

“There is a high probability that loadshedding may continue to be implemented throughout the weekend, depending on plants returning to service from planned maintenance, as well as the levels of the emergency generation reserves,” said Eskom.

 

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