Hello Darkness My Old Friend, Stage 2 Loadshedding Implemented

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South Africans will once again have to live life without electricity after its power utility has announced loadshedding will continue until next week.


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South Africans will once again have to live life without electricity after power utility, Eskom announced loadshedding will continue until next week.

Eskom has announced that stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 11 AM on Wednesday and will continue until Monday at least.

The power utility explained that it has used significant amounts of its energy reserves. These reserves have been depleted and now need to be replenished. During this process, the country will be experiencing loadshedding.

Eskom added, ‘A unit each at Kusile and Kendal power stations tripped. Delays in returning units at Kusile, Tutuka, Duvha, Lethabo and Grootvlei have also contributed to the current supply constraints”.

Unit 2 of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station will be offline for the next five months as Eskom looks to conduct maintenance and extend the plant's lifespan by 20 years.

The total breakdowns amount to 14 994 Megawatt (MW) of capacity. A further 4435 MW of capacity is offline due to planned maintenance.

Capacity will be aided by 3 units returning to service by Wednesday afternoon.

Eskom is calling on clients to use electricity sparingly and switch off all non-essential items.

This announcement of loadshedding comes at a bad time as the price of petrol, diesel and paraffin increased on Wednesday morning. It will especially cost people to use alternative energy sources because of the price increases.

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