Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 4 loadshedding from 12:00 on Wednesday, 27 October 2021 until 05:00 on Friday, 29 October 2021.
Thereafter Stage 2 loadshedding will continue as previously communicated until 05:00 on Saturday, 30 October 2021.
Eskom says over the past 24 hours a unit each at Medupi, Kusile, and Matla power stations tripped while a unit each at Lethabo and Arnot power stations were forced to shut down.
Per the statement:
This constrained the power system further requiring extensive use of emergency reserves and therefore , hampering the recovery of these reserves.
Some generating units have returned to service and we anticipate another two units to return to service during the day. In addition, Koeberg Unit 1 is expected to return to service today and begin ramping up to full output within 48 hours.
Total breakdowns currently amount to 14 957MW while planned maintenance is 5 301MW of capacity.
We remind customers that loadshedding is implemented as a last resort to maintain the stability of the power system regardless of the stage of loadshedding. The implementation of Stage 4 loadshedding is therefore, no cause for alarm as the power system remains to be effectively controlled.
In the meantime, the Power Utility is urging the public to reduce the usage of electricity.