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Prepare for Stage 2 loadshedding after hours until Wednesday

  • Stage 2 loadshedding will be in place from 16:00 – 00:00 until Wednesday, but, as always, this could change.
  • Loadshedding is being implemented to replenish emergency generation capacity overnight.
  • Eskom group chief executive officer Andre de Ruyter promised loadshedding would be cut back within 10 days last week.

Had you been enjoying continuous power this weekend, Eskom stepped in to stop the fun on Sunday afternoon.

The power utility announced at the weekend that Stage 2 loadshedding would be implemented daily this week between the hours of 16:00 and 00:00 until at least Wednesday.

“Eskom will endeavour to limit loadshedding to night-time to have minimal impact on the economy and population. The loadshedding will be used to replenish emergency generation reserves during the night to bolster capacity,” the utility said in a power alert.

The good news is that since Saturday, generation units at Kendal, Komati, Lethabo, Majuba and Matla power stations have come back online. In addition two generation units at Kriel Power Station have come back online.

As of Sunday, 5 487MW of capacity was unavailable due to planned maintenance while 14 061MW of capacity was unavailable due to unplanned breakdowns. These figures have likely shifted since Sunday afternoon so be wary of being lulled into a false sense of security.

While still plagued by loadshedding, we have to commend Eskom Group chief executive officer Andre de Ruyter for cutting loadshedding back within 10 days. There is of course work still to do and hopefully by Wednesday the utility’s generation fleet is operating more effectively than it has been over the last month.

As always we urge you to download EskomSePush for Android and iOS devices to plan your week ahead accordingly.

[Image – mike hoydich on Unsplash ]

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