Faizel Patel – 22/07/2021
Eskom has announced that due to the severely cold weather conditions shortage of generation capacity, it will be implementing stage 2 load shedding from 4pm until 9pm on Thursday.
The power utility says a generation unit each at Tutuka and Medupi Power Station was forced offline on Thursday, increasing the capacity constraints on the power system.
Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says breakdowns currently total 14 137MW while planned maintenance is 2 924MW of capacity.
“Further, a unit each at Medupi and Tutuka, that were expected to return to service this afternoon have now been delayed, further contributing to the shortages.”
Mantshantsha has urged 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.