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Eskom to implement Stage 2 load shedding

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Load shedding will start at 4 pm on Tuesday.

File picture: (ANA) Bongani Mbatha/African News Agency

ESKOM has announced that it will implement Stage 2 load shedding at 4pm this afternoon, until 8pm tonight, due to severe constraints in the power generation system.

Load shedding will continue from 9am until 8pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

The power utility stated that while six generators were returned to service at Medupi, Tutuka, Kendal, Majuba and Grootvlei power stations on Monday, the breakdown of four units on Monday night and Tuesday morning at Medupi, Duvha, Majuba and Lethabo power stations, as well as a delay in the expected return to service of a unit at Medupi, had resulted in the power system being constrained.

“As the aged generation infrastructure is unreliable and volatile, this constrained power system is expected to persist for the rest of the week, particularly as the cold front hits,” Eskom stated.

It added that planned breakdowns currently stood at more than 11 900 MW of capacity, adding to the 4 350 MW currently out on planned maintenance.

“The power utility has urged the people of South Africa to help reduce electricity usage in order to assist Eskom to keep the lights on.”