Eskom says it will extend its hours of load shedding for Saturday and Sunday at stage 2, starting at 08:00 until 22:00 in the evening.
“Eskom regrets to announce that the implementation of Stage 2 load shedding will now be extended to Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 until 22:00. This is done to preserve the current diesel stocks and an attempt to contain the amount of load shedding,” it said in a statement.
The state company said it will continue to closely monitor the system, adjust and communicate any changes as may be necessary.
“Eskom is expecting a ship containing diesel supplies to berth on Monday, and to offload its cargo through Tuesday. If the current burn rate persists, diesel would be depleted ahead of the ship offloading,” it said.
“While a single unit at the Duvha Power Station tripped this afternoon, a generating unit each at Tutuka and Medupi power stations have been returned to service. Three generation units are expected to service tomorrow.
“This, however, will not be sufficient to meet the higher demand during the cold front over the weekend.”
The group said it has 3,405MW on planned maintenance, while another 15,481MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.