Why Stage 2 Load Shedding Is Being Implemented

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South Africans will have to make the necessary provisions in the different areas of their lives to lessen the impact of load shedding.


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South Africans will have to make the necessary provisions in the different areas of their lives to lessen the impact of load shedding.

Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 14h00 today until 05h00 on Saturday morning. This comes after the power utility lost five generation units during the last 24 hours.

Eskom said in a statement, ‘Of the five units that failed yesterday, a unit at Majuba, Kriel and Matimba power stations have returned to service while the remaining two units are undergoing boiler tube leak repairs’.

Roger Lilly, an energy sector analyst, explained that the loss of generating capacity often puts extra pressure on working generation units which could result in further and more frequent breakdowns.

“Due to the loss of Medupi, Kendal and Duvha units, we now have insufficient generating capacity at our disposal and as such we have no alternative but to implement Stage 2 load shedding from 2pm this afternoon until 5am on Saturday morning,” declared Eskom CEO Andre De Reytur.

De Reytur has also announced the company's intention to take 3842 megawatts (MW) off the power grid to conduct maintenance in order to fix known faults. He does not however rule out the possibility of further load shedding.

He said, “so we don't expect this maintenance program per se to cause load shedding but of course if we have further breakdowns the risk will remain. Once we have implemented those repairs we should be in a position to return after the weekend”.

Total breakdowns currently amount to 15 485MW while planned maintenance is 4 100MW of capacity.

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