Eskom will implement Stage 2 load-shedding starting at 08:00 on Thursday until 22:00. Power Utility said this is due to the increase in generation unit breakdowns.”The delay of the return to service of two units at Duvha and Tutuka and the breakdowns of four units at Kriel, Tutuka, and Kendal have resulted in the need for load-shedding today.”
It explained further that the generating plant will continue to perform at low levels of reliability, any unexpected shift such as an increase in unplanned breakdowns could result in a change in the load-shedding stage at short notice. Meaning, there is a high possibility that Stage 2 load-shedding may escalate to Stage 3 for the evening peak.
This situation may also persist throughout the weekend.
“We urge the public to continue reducing electricity usage to help us minimise load shedding.”
Eskom added that implementing load shedding is the last resort, in order to protect the national grid.