As part of a media briefing on Thursday Eskom announced that load shedding would be implemented on Friday but thankfully it would be contained at Stage 1.

That advisory has since changed as Eskom has announced that Stage 2 load shedding would be in effect on Friday, but not for the entire day.

“Since the media briefing last night we have had a major setback as we have lost additional capacity from Medupi power station,” Eskom wrote in a media statement.

“Late last night we lost Medupi 3, 4 and 5 due to coal and ash handling issues. This is in addition to the conveyor belt that failed on Saturday 12 October at the Power Station. This means that the power system has deteriorated further creating an additional shortage of about generation capacity of 1 500MW,” Eskom added.

Eskom will start the day off with load shedding at Stage 1 from 09:00AM to 12:00PM. Thereafter load shedding with be reverted to Stage 2 until 11:00PM.

What this additional failure at Medupi means for the weekend is unclear. During its media briefing Eskom said that it would endeavour to keep load shedding at bay during the weekend but that may well have changed since Thursday evening.

Be sure to check your schedules and charge up your devices if you’re unlucky enough to have load shedding in your area today.

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