Embattled state power utility Eskom has announced that it will implement stage 2 load shedding from Friday (5 February 2021) until Sunday.
“We regret to inform you that load shedding stage 2 will be implemented from 12pm today until Sunday evening. More information to follow shortly,” it tweeted on Friday morning.
5 generating units shut down
In a subsequent statement, Eskom added, “The load shedding has been exacerbated by the forced shutdown of five generating units at the Medupi power station as a result of the inability to get coal into the units due to the heavy rain in the Lephalale area last night.
“The area experienced 65mm of rain which added to the constraints caused by the heavy rains due to cyclone storm Eloise over the past two weeks.”
Eskom said it currently has 4,114MW of capacity on planned maintenance and 15,739MW on unplanned maintenance, adding that “teams are working hard to return as many of these units to service as soon as possible.”
“As previously communicated, Eskom continues to implement reliability maintenance during this period and thus the system will continue to be constrained, with the risk of load shedding remaining elevated,” the utility said.
This is the second time in three weeks Eskom has implemented load shedding. It cited “loss of generation capacity” and the need to “manage the use of the emergency reserves” as the reasons for power cuts in mid-January.
“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,” it said at the time.
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.