Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented on Saturday (4 November), due to constrained generation capacity.
Load shedding will begin at 21h00 on Saturday evening and will continue until 05h00 on Monday. Should there be any further deterioration in the power system, load shedding might be required to be implemented earlier, Eskom said.
“This load shedding is due to a failure of a generation unit each at Kusile, Medupi and Arnot power stations, as well as a delay of a unit returning to service at Tutuka power station,” Eskom said.
“In addition to the above, the failure of the coal conveyors at Medupi led to reduced output at the station. While this has since been rectified, it will take some time to recover the full operations.”
“Total breakdowns have increased to 14,727MW while planned maintenance is 6,711MW of capacity as we continue with the reliability maintenance,” it said.
Eskom said that it has had to make extensive use of energy reserves, and needs to recover these for the week ahead.
Due to generation capacity constraints, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 21:00 tonight until 05:00 on Monday morning pic.twitter.com/ksc6RSDqIj
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) December 4, 2021
The power utility has warned in a summer load shedding forecast for 2021/2022 that its system is likely to remain severely constrained for the near future.
For people living in the major metros, 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.