Power utility Eskom has warned that it may be forced to implement load shedding at short notice on Thursday, as the grid is under severe strain.
The group said that it has lost four generating units during the day – three of which tripped, while another was taken offline for repairs.
“While the system is currently performing relatively well, with no load shedding being implemented, a further loss of generation capacity would force Eskom to implement load shedding at short notice,” it said.
It warned that the period between 18h00 and 22h00 carries the highest load shedding risk.
Breakdowns currently total 13,557MW while planned maintenance is at 4,074MW of capacity. Eskom has not implemented load shedding since 22 July.
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— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) August 19, 2021
As a precaution, users can plan ahead for any possibility of load shedding by checking their schedules. For those living in the major metros, the load shedding schedules are available here:
- 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.