Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 2 loadshedding from 2pm on Wednesday, 17 November 2021 until 05:00am on Saturday.
The power utility says this is due to the ongoing insufficient generation capacity and the loss of a unit each at Medupi, Duvha, and Kendalpower stations.
“This is to preserve the remaining emergency reserves at the OCGT and pump storage power stations in order to prevent higher stages of loadshedding,” said Eskom in a statement.
Per the published statement:
Of the five units that failed yesterday, a unit at Majuba, Kriel and Matimba power stations have returned to service while the remaining two units are undergoing boiler tube leak repairs.
Total breakdowns currently amount to 15 485MW while planned maintenance is 4 100MW 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.
Eskom would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the implementation of loadshedding, and requests the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to help us through the constraints.
Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the power system.