Eskom to implement Stage 2 loadshedding this afternoon

Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 until 21:00 tonight due to shortage of generation capacity

Eskom has announced that it will implement stage 2 loadshedding from 16:00 until 21:00 tonight (July 22) due to shortage of generation capacity, coupled with the severely cold weather in parts of the country.

The power utility stated that a generation unit each at Tutuka and Medupi Power Stations was forced offline this afternoon, increasing the capacity constraints on the power system. Further, a unit each at Medupi and Tutuka, that were expected to return to service this afternoon has now been delayed, further contributing to the shortages.

Breakdowns currently total 14 137MW while planned maintenance is 2 924MW of capacity.

Eskom regrets the inconvenience caused by these power constraints, and would like to urge the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to help ease the pressure on the power system, and will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the performance of the system.

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