Power Utility Eskom will implement load shedding stage 2 from 16: 00 till 10 pm on Tuesday and again at 9:00 am to 10 pm on Wednesday. It said this is due to the severe constraints in the power generation system.
On Monday, six generators were returned to service at Medupi, Tutuka, Kendal, Majuba and Grootvlei power stations. Eskom said any further deterioration in the generation performance may therefore necessitate the escalation of load shedding at short notice.
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.
Unplanned breakdowns stand at more than 11 900 MW of capacity, adding to the 4 350MW currently out on planned maintenance.
Eskom urged the people of South Africa to help reduce electricity usage in order to assist Eskom to reduce the instance of load shedding and keep the lights on.