Eskom has announced that stage 2 loadshedding will be taking place on Thursday evening.
This loadshedding will take place starting from 4pm to 9pm. In a statement released on Thursday afternoon, Eskom said it is facing a shortage of generation capacity, paired with the severe cold weather.
“Unfortunately, a generation unit each at Tutuka and Medupi power stations were forced offline this afternoon, increasing the capacity constraints on the power system.
“Further, a unit each at Medupi and Tutuka, that were expected to return to service this afternoon has now been delayed, further contributing to the shortages,” Eskom explained.
Eskom's breakdowns currently total 14 137MW of capacity, while planned maintenance is 2 924MW of capacity.
The power utility has assured the public that it is working to restore the units as soon as possible.
“Eskom regrets the inconvenience caused by these power constraints and would like to urge the public to reduce the usage of electricity to help ease the pressure on the power system,”
South Africans have been urged to use electricity wisely to help the power system cope.
“Eskom would like to appeal to the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to assist the country to get through these capacity constraints"
"Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any further significant changes to the power system." said Eskom.