By: Natasha Archary
Stage 2 loadshedding was implemented on Friday evening due to Eskom loss of energy reserves. According to the power utility, loadshedding will continue until 05h00 on Thursday and will occur on a 24-hour cycle.
In a statement, Eskom explained that breakdowns currently amount to 14 760 MW, while planned maintenance has taken 5 200 MW of capacity out of the system.
“Whilst still recovering four units at Tutuka, which had experienced conveyor belt failures, the fleet suffered a cluster of boiler tube leaks within a short period of time,” Eskom said.
Apart from this, there have also been breakdowns of a generating unit each at Kusile, Komati and Hendrina power stations.
While the return of a generating unit at Majuba power station provided some relief, this was insufficient to curb the extensive use of emergency reserves.
In order to continue replenishing the emergency generation reserves, and address additional risks, Stage 2 loadshedding will be extended from 21:00 tonight until 05:00 on Thursday@eNCA @News24 @SABCNews @Newzroom405 @ewnupdates @TimesLIVE @ewnupdates pic.twitter.com/esGNLmNnS8
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) October 8, 2021
South Africans are advised to download the Eskom loadshedding schedule to plan their days.