Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Johannesburg: Regretfully, due to the ongoing insufficient generation capacity and the loss of a unit each at Medupi, Duvha and Kendal power stations this morning, Eskom has announced that Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 today until 05:00 on Saturday 20 November.

The power utility said that this is to preserve the remaining emergency reserves at the OCGT and pump storage power stations in order to prevent higher stages of loadshedding.

Of the five units that failed yesterday, a unit at Majuba, Kriel and Matimba power stations have returned to service while the remaining two units are undergoing boiler tube leak repairs.

Total breakdowns currently amount to 15 485MW while planned maintenance is 4 100MW of capacity.

“We remind customers that loadshedding is implemented as a last resort to maintain the stability of the power system regardless of the stage of loadshedding.” said Eskom.

Eskom said it apologises for the inconvenience caused by the implementation of loadshedding and requests the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to help them through the constraints.

Eskom said that they will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the power system.