Eskom have released a statement informing the public that Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented 12:00 today until 23:00 on Sunday night.
Eskom said that the load shedding has been intensified by the forced shutdown of five generating units at the Medupi Power Station due to the failure to get coal into the units.
This is due to the heavy rain in the Lephalale area last night. The heavy rains added to the constraints caused by cyclone Eloise over the past two weeks added to the challenges at the power station.
The area experienced 65mm of rain.
Contingency plans are in place and Eskom have deployed additional resources to deal with the heavy rainfalls. The teams are hard at work to return as many of these units to service as soon as possible.
“We have 4 114MW are on planned maintenance, and another 15 739MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned maintenance.”
The public is urged to reduce electricity usage to assist.
The system remains vulnerable and unpredictable. Load shedding is implemented as a last resort to protect the integrity of the system.
Reliability maintenance will be implemented during this period, which will continue to constrain the system increasing the continued risk of load shedding.
Eskom will communicate timeously should there be any significant changes to the power system.