Eskom has announced that stage 3 loadshedding will be taking place on Thursday until 10 pm. After this, the loadshedding schedule will return to stage 2 for the rest of the week.
“Load shedding will be increased to stage 3 from 8am until 10pm on Thursday, after which it will revert to stage 2, as previously communicated,” Eskom said.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Eskom said it is facing delays in returning generation units to service at Kusile, Tutuka, Duvha, Kendal and Koeberg power stations.
"These constraints have been exacerbated by the high winter demand throughout the day over the past few days, as brought about by the colder temperatures,”
“It is, therefore, necessary to implement load shedding continuously in order to replenish the emergency reserves,” Eskom said.
Eskom's breakdowns currently total 13 752MW of capacity, while planned maintenance is 1 273MW of capacity.
The power utility has assured the public that it is working to restore the units as soon as possible.
“Eskom apologises for the inconvenience and uncertainty caused by these interruptions in electricity supply,” it said.
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.