Eskom has announced that it will be implementing stage 2 load shedding starting at 9pm on Saturday until 5am on Monday.
The power utility says load shedding is a result of breakdowns, numerous trips at various power stations, including delays in returning units to service.
Eskom says it has to rely heavily on emergency generation reserves, which are now at very low levels.
Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says to ensure adequate reserves for the week ahead, it is necessary to preserve the remaining emergency reserves and to replenish as much as possible before Monday.
“Over the past week there have been multiple breakdowns and trips, including those at Tutuka, Kriel, Hendrina, Kusile, Arnot and Kendal power stations. While some of these units have already returned to service, this has required us to utilise extensive emergency generation reserves to supplement capacity during the week. These now need to be replenished in order to increase available capacity for the week ahead.”
Mantshantsha has requested the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to manage the constraints.