Power utility Eskom says that it will implement stage 2 load shedding on Thursday (13 August) as it battles with continued unit breakdowns.
The utility said that the load shedding will start at 08h00 and is set to continue until 22h00.
Eskom said that the load shedding has been caused by an increase in plant breakdowns during the night and early hours of the morning.
“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.
“These units removed more than 2,000 MW of capacity from the system. Eskom is working hard to return as many of these generation units to service.”
“The generating plant continues 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.”
Eskom warned that there is also a high possibility that stage 2 load shedding may be escalated to stage 3 during evening peak.
Eskom to implement Stage 2 loadshedding starting at 08:00 this morning as breakdowns
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) August 13, 2020
Check your schedule
For those living in the major metros, they can check to see when they will be affected:
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Ekurhuleni
- City of Tshwane
- City of Cape Town (PDF)
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City
For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.
Smartphone users can also download the app EskomSePush to receive push notifications when load shedding is implemented, as well as the times the area you are in will be off.