Eskom say stage 2 load shedding will be extended from 9pm on Friday throughout the weekend until 5am next week Thursday.
The power utility says the extended load shedding is to continue replenishing emergency generation reserves and also necessary to address other additional risks in the generation fleet.
Eskom’s Sikonathi Mantshantsha has urged the public to continue using electricity sparingly.
“Whilst still recovering four units at Tutuka, which had experienced conveyor belt failures, the fleet suffered a cluster of boiler tube leaks within a short period of time. Emergency reserves have been further depleted today due to breakdowns of a generating unit each at Kusile, Komati and Hendrina power stations. The return of a generating unit at Majuba power station today provided some relief, however, this was insufficient to curb the extensive use of emergency reserves.”
Eskom implemented stage 2 load shedding on Thursday for the first time since 22nd July 2021.