Loadshedding Stage 2 will be in effect until Friday

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Eskom announced late on Tuesday evening that it would be forced to implement Stage 2 loadshedding continuously until Friday 4th June.

While the utility has managed to keep electricity flowing during the work day this week, it can no longer do that due to further breakdowns of Eskom’s electricity generation fleet and a lack of emergency reserves.

On the matter of generating units, Majuba and Arnot Power Stations suffered further breakdowns on Tuesday and units at Arnot and Tutuka Power Stations have not yet returned to service.

“The emergency generation reserves have been used extensively in the past days to avoid loadshedding during the day. This has resulted in these being depleted, reducing available capacity. It is, therefore necessary to implement loadshedding continuously until Friday 22:00 in order to replenish emergency reserves,” Eskom wrote in a power alert.

As of Tuesday evening 13 601MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns while 1 330MW is unavailable due to planned maintenance.

As always, we suggest downloading the EskomSePush app on iOS or Android in order to stay up to date with loadshedding schedules in your area. You can also use the Eskom website if your schedules aren’t available through the third-party app.

It’s going to be a cold dark week.

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Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.