Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 2 loadshedding from 5pm on Monday, 07 March 2022 until 5am on Tuesday, 08 March 2022.
This will be repeated from 9pm on Tuesday night until 5am on Wednesday.
The power utility says this is due to multiple generating unit failures over the past 24 hours.
Per the published statement:
This loadshedding is required in order for Eskom to replenish the emergency generation reserves, which have been utilized significantly since the past weekend.
Loadshedding might be required at short notice should there be any further significant breakdowns.
Since this morning, a unit each at the Matla, Kendal, Matimba, Kusile, and Grootvlei power stations tripped, while a unit each at Arnot and Hendrina power stations were forced shut down. This, in addition to other units that had tripped during the weekend, reduced! available generation capacity, forcing Eskom to rely heavily on emergency generation reserves to keep the lights on. Total breakdowns amount to 14 508MW while planned maintenance is 6 307MW of capacity as we continue with the reliability maintenance.
In the meantime, Eskom is urging the public to reduce the usage of electricity.