Eskom implements stage 3 load shedding citing ‘loss of generating units’

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Eskom has announced that it will implement stage 3 load shedding from 13h00 on Wednesday (10 February 2021) until 06h00 on Wednesday morning.

The embattled state power utility cited “loss of generating units” and the need to “replenish emergency generation reserves” as the reasons.

‘Severely constrained system’

It said, “This load shedding is necessary as the power generation system is still severely constrained due to high generation unit breakdowns during the past three days, as well as the need to replenish diminishing emergency generation reserves.

“The outlook for the power system remains unpredictable and there is a high probability of load shedding continuing on Thursday.”

Eskom said it took one generating unit offline for repairs at Lethal, Kendall and Duvha power stations respectively, adding to the high number of breakdowns.

A total of 14,521MW of capacity is out due to breakdowns or delays, it added, while 4,858MW is out on planned maintenance.

This is the second time in several days that Eskom has implemented load shedding, signalling a deterioration of South Africa’s power supply constraints.

Eskom stage 3 load shedding schedule

South Africans living in metros can check their Eskom stage 3 load shedding schedule by visiting their metro websites below:

Eskom has also made load shedding schedules available on its website, which can be found at

Load shedding app EskomSePush provides notifications as well as timings to smartphone users. It is available for download on Android as well as iOS.

Eskom also has its own app – MyEskom – which can be downloaded on both Android and iOS platforms. Alternatively, you may call Eskom at 086 003 7566.

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