It’s time to check your load shedding schedule again because Eskom has announced that it will implement stage 2 load shedding on Thursday (14 January, 2021) at 12h00.
This will run until Sunday (17 January, 2021) at 23h00, the embattled state power utility said in a statement on Thursday citing “loss of generation capacity overnight.”
Generation units trip
It said, “Load shedding is also required to manage the use of the emergency reserves, which will help us contain the stage of load shedding required.
“Two generation units at the Kusile power station tripped due to the failure of the main coal feed conveyor belts supplying coal to the units. In addition, a unit each at the Kriel and Duvha tripped due to unforeseen breakdowns.”
Eskom added that four generation units were due to return to service from planned maintenance, but this has been delayed.
It currently has 5,358MW of capacity on planned maintenance, while another 14,748MW is “unavailable due to unplanned maintenance, breakdowns and the outage delays.”
Eskom warned that the system is unpredictable and vulnerable, which means the stage of load shedding may change “at short notice” should any further breakdowns occur.
“Eskom personnel are working tirelessly to return as much of this capacity to service as soon as possible. Eskom would like to urge the public to reduce electricity consumption in order to help us minimise load shedding,” the utility said.
Eskom load shedding schedule
South Africans living in metros can check their Eskom stage 2 load shedding schedule by visiting their metro websites below:
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Ekurhuleni
- City of Tshwane
- City of Cape Town (PDF)
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City
Eskom has also made load shedding schedules available on its website, which can be found at loadshedding.eskom.co.za.