Power utility Eskom says that it will continue stage 2 load shedding on Friday (14 August) as it faces continued capacity constraints.
This follows the introduction of stage 2 load shedding on Thursday due to unplanned breakdowns.
“Eskom has successfully returned four generation units to service today. This, however, is not sufficient to stave off load shedding at this point.
“Eskom will, therefore, continue to implement stage 2 load shedding until 22h00 tonight. Stage 2 load shedding will resume again at 08h00 until 22h00 tomorrow.”
The power provider said that the load shedding has been caused by an increase in plant breakdowns over the last few days.
It indicated that staying on stage 2 load shedding will assist in preserving emergency generation reserves, namely diesel and water.
“Breakdowns this week have remover more than 13,000 MW of capacity from the system, while planned maintenance stands at 5,000 MW of infrastructure,” it said.
Stage 2 loadshedding to continue until 22:00, and resume at 08:00 tomorrow pic.twitter.com/xi39ql4K9F
— 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.