Eskom Implements Stage 4 Load Shedding from Friday & Stage 2 from Saturday Until Monday

Eskom has implemented stage 4 load shedding from 2pm on Friday until 5am on Saturday morning, whereafter Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 5am on Saturday until 5am on Monday.

The power utility says the move from stage 2 load shedding to stage 4 is a result of the shut down of three generating units at Kendal Power Station, the trip of a unit each at Tutuka and Matimba power stations and the delayed return to service of a unit each at Majuba and Lethabo power stations.

Eskom’s Sikonathi Mantshantsha says stage 4 load shedding is necessary to stop the use of OCGT generators in order to preserve the remaining fuel at these power stations, which is critically low. 

“There is insufficient diesel available in the country to continue generating with the OCGTs at the current rate.  It is anticipated that some generating units will return to service later today and overnight allowing a reduction to Stage 2 load shedding for the remainder of the weekend. Stage 2 load shedding is necessary to replenish emergency generation reserves particularly at the pump storage schemes for the week ahead.”

Eskom has apologised for the inconvenience caused by the implementation of load shedding, and requests the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to help us through the constraints.

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