[UPDATE] Eskom announces Stage 2 loadshedding will start at 11am

UPDATE: Eskom has issued another power alert confirming Stage 4 loadshedding from 14:00 this afternoon until 05:00 on Saturday morning (the 6th of November), where a move back to Stage 2 is expected until 05:00 on Monday morning (the 8th of November).

The original story follows below.

Yes, with just 30 minutes warning, Eskom will implement loadshedding at Stage 2 on Friday morning.

The utility announced loadshedding via a tweet rather than the usual power alert we have come to expect. The bad news here is that we don’t know how dire the situation is, but it is set to get worse.

“We unfortunately do expect the load shedding stage to escalate into the weekend but this can only be confirmed once we have a better understanding of these problems and when it is likely to be resolved,” Eskom tweeted.

The issues it is referring to is that no less than three units at Kendal power station have been taken offline. If you thought things couldn’t get worse than that, Eskom also said that the fourth remaining unit may also be shut down.

“The conveyor belts supplying these units are currently not running due to a power fault. No coal is reaching the station at this point,” Eskom wrote.

As always, we advise checking out the Eskom loadshedding site and Eskomsepush on mobile to keep up to date with what times your area will be affected and when to charge necessary devices for the coming weekend.


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