Eskom has announced stage 2 power cuts until Monday.
The power cuts will kick in from 11am on Wednesday until 5am on Monday.
In a statement, the power utility said that this was necessary due to a shortage of generation capacity following breakdowns of two more generating units.
Eskom said it had to utilise significant amounts of emergency generation reserves, which under the current constrained system has depleted and needs to be replenished.
“A unit each at Kusile and Kendal power stations tripped. Delays in returning units at Kusile, Tutuka, Duvha, Lethabo and Grootvlei have also contributed to the current supply constraints. Total breakdowns amount to 14,994MW while planned maintenance is 4,435MW of capacity as we continue with the reliability maintenance. Three generating units are expected to return to service by this afternoon.”
Eskom has urged South Africans to use electricity sparingly