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City residents already reeling from water shutdown now face load shedding

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Eskom has confirmed that it will implement Stage 2 load shedding from 9pm tonight until 5am tomorrow morning

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AS IF the city-wide water shutdown is not bad enough, Eskom has confirmed that it will implement Stage 2 load shedding from 9pm tonight until 5am tomorrow morning.

The power utility said this was due to a shortage of generation capacity.

“The return to service of three generation units has been delayed, while another three generation units tripped during the day, reducing available generation capacity. This load shedding is necessary in order to manage and preserve the emergency generation reserves,” Eskom said.

It added that a generation unit at the Tutuka and Kendal power stations tripped while a single Komanti unit was forced down.

Eskom said the return to service of generation units at the Kriel, Medupi and Duhva power stations had been delayed.

“We are working hard to return these units to service as soon as possible. We will keep the public informed as soon as there is a significant change in the power system status. We currently have 4,775MW on planned maintenance, while another 12,699MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and delays,” Eskom said.

It added it would continue to implement reliability maintenance during this period and as such the system will continue to be constrained with the possibility of load shedding remaining elevated.