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Lights out: Eskom confirms Stage 2 load shedding until Tuesday

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Eskom has announced Stage 2 load shedding from Sunday, 5pm until Tuesday, 10pm.

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ESKOM has announced Stage 2 load shedding from Sunday, 5pm until Tuesday, 10pm.

“Eskom regrets to inform the public that due to a loss of 10 generating units at seven power stations during the past 24 hours, Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented starting at 5pm this evening (Sunday) until 10pm on Tuesday,” it said

“The failure of three generation units at Tutuka was due to a loss of air compressors, while a unit at Majuba was forced to shut down and another unit tripped.”

A generation unit at Kriel was taken down for a boiler tube leak, while a unit was forced down due to a steam leak at Matla power station. There were also trips at a unit each at Medupi, Kusile and Duvha power stations, which the power utility said are being investigated.

Eskom said this represents a loss of 6,044MW over a 24-hour period, bringing the total unplanned capacity lost to 16,118MW.

“Planned maintenance is 4,171MW,” Eskom added.

“We urge the public to help us by reducing consumption while Eskom teams are working around the clock to restore as many of these units to service as soon as possible,” it said.