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Eskom Stage 2 Loadshedding This Week

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South Africans can expect to be without electricity for some time as Eskom has announced that Stage 2 loadshedding is back once again.

Loadshedding will start at 12:00 on Thursday and end at 23:00 on Sunday night. 

In a statement released Thursday morning, Eskom said “The load-shedding is necessary due to loss of generation capacity overnight,”

“Load-shedding is also required to manage the use of the emergency reserves, which will help us contain the stage of load-shedding required."

This week's loadshedding comes as a result of two generation units at the Kusile power station tripping. The units tripped due to the failure of the main coal feed conveyor belts that supply coal to the units.

In addition to this, units at the Kriel and Duvha power stations tripped after experiencing unforseen breakdowns. 

The power utility says it currently has 5,358MW on planned maintenance, while 14,748MW of capacity remains unavailable due to unplanned maintenance and breakdowns. 

Eskom has assured the public that it is working to restore the units as soon as possible. 

“Eskom personnel are working tirelessly to return as much of this capacity to service as soon as possible,” said Eskom in a statement.

South Africans have been urged to use electricity wisely to help the power system cope.

“Eskom would like to urge the public to reduce electricity consumption in order to help us minimise load-shedding.

"Eskom will communicate timeously should there be any significant changes to the power system" said Eskom. 

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