South Africa to experience stage 2 load shedding until Sunday

South Africa to experience stage 2 load shedding until Sunday. [Image: Courtesy]
CAPETOWN, South Africa — Embattled power utility Eskom has announced that it will be implementing stage 2 load shedding from  Wednesday 10:00am to  Sunday 22:00pm.

In a statement released today, Eskom said the loadshedding is due to continued delays in returning generation units to service at Kusile, Tutuka, Duvha, Kendal and Koeberg power stations.

The company also stated that the limitations are due to high winter demand experienced throughout the day over the past few days as brought about by colder temperatures.

“The emergency generation reserves have been used extensively in the past days to avoid loadshedding during the day. This has resulted in these being depleted, reducing available capacity.

It is therefore necessary to implement loadshedding continuously in order to replenish the emergency reserves.” Said Eskom.

Eskom further indicated that power breakdowns are currently at 13 752MW of capacity whereas planned maintenance capacity is at 1 273MW.

“These capacity constraints will continue for the foreseeable future and all South Africans are urged to reduce their use of electricity, particularly between 17:00 and 22:00 when the winter demand is highest.

Eskom apologizes for the inconvenience and uncertainty caused by these interruptions in electricity supply.” It added.

Last week, Eskom had announced the resumption of stage 2 load shedding citing breakdowns of generating units at Majuba and Arnot power stations. The loadshedding was implemented from 10: am on Wednesday to 10:00pm on Friday.