Struggling state-owned power utility Eskom has announced that it will implement stage 2 load shedding from 17h00 on Wednesday (10 March) until 23h00 on Friday (12 March).
In a statement, Eskom said generation capacity is “severely constrained” and that it may implement load shedding at short notice before 17h00 on Wednesday should further breakdowns occur.
“Continued poor performance at the Kusile, Duvha and Tutuka Power Stations, as well as delays in returning some other units to service and breakdowns over the last week, have caused the need to implement this load shedding,” it explained.
“Eskom has had to extensively utilise the emergency generation reserves, which are being rapidly depleted. This period of load shedding will be used to replenish the emergency generation reserves.”
Eskom said it currently has 6,212MW of capacity out on planned maintenance, while an additional 11,217MW is unavailable “due to breakdowns and delays.”
“There is a high probability that load shedding may continue to be implemented throughout the weekend, depending on plants returning to service from planned maintenance, as well as the levels of the emergency generation reserves,” it warned.
This is the first time the utility has implemented load shedding since mid-February and the third time this year, underscoring the unreliable nature of South Africa’s power supply.
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter said earlier this year that load shedding will be a reality until at least September as the company continues to implement reliability maintenance at ageing its power stations.
Eskom stage 2 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.