Eskom says that its systems are severely constrained, forcing the company to implement stage 2 load shedding on Tuesday (1 September), from 12h00 to 22h00.
The power utility said that it suffered multiple unit breakdowns, which has led to the constrains. Ten generation units at seven power stations have broken down over the last 48 hours.
A generator each broke down at Armot, Medupi, Lethabo and Matla power stations, while two units each at Majuba, Cambden and Tutuka power stations have also broken down.
“This, with the need to conserve energy generation reserves, necessitates that load shedding be implemented to protect the integrity of the system,” Eskom said.
Unplanned breakdowns stand at 11,665MW of capacity, with 4,558MW offline for planned maintenance.
Any further breakdowns may push the load shedding stage to higher levels, Eskom warned.
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) September 1, 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.