Eskom yesterday afternoon has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to replenish its emergency generation reserves.
The embattled power utility said that load shedding will be implemented starting Thursday evening (7 October) from 21h00 to 05h00 in the morning, and will again resume on Friday night from 21h00 to 05h00 on Saturday morning.
“In order to replenish emergency generation reserves, Eskom regrets to inform the public that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented at 21h00 this evening until 05h00,” it said.
“This is to continue replenishing the emergency generation reserves, which have been depleted due to further breakdowns of a generating unit each at Kriel and Tutuka power stations today.
“Delays in returning generating units at Tutuka, Grootvlei, and Kendal have also contributed to the deletion of emergency reserves,” it said.
Total loss due to breakdowns amount to 14,982 MW, while planned maintenance is 5,334 MW of capacity.
Should the generation reserves not recover sufficiently in this time, it may be necessary to introduce load shedding during the day and over the weekend, Eskom warned.
For those living in the major metros of South Africa, the load shedding schedules are available here:
For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.
Smartphone users can also download the app EskomSePush to receive push notifications when load shedding is implemented, as well as the times the area you are in will be off.