Eskom implements Stage 1 loadshedding on Wednesday


To the relief of many, Eskom announced that it would only implement Stage 1 loadshedding on Wednesday. This is after its teams successfully returned a generation unit each at the Medupi and Majuba power stations to service.

“In addition, unit 2 at Koeberg was synchronised into the grid yesterday. This additional capacity has significantly reduced the strain on the generation system, the power utility said.

“The progress, however, is still not sufficient to enable us to suspend this current unfortunate period of loadshedding.

“The generation system has improved such that starting at 09:00 on Wednesday, Eskom will implement Stage 1 loadshedding until 22:00.”

Eskom assured the public that implementing loadshedding is the last resort, in order to protect the national grid.

“The return to service of a unit each at Tutuka and Kendal power stations has been delayed. 

“Eskom teams are working around the clock to return as many generation units as possible. The colder weather also means demand for electricity has risen significantly,” Eskom said.

“We therefore urge the public to continue assisting us in managing consumption in order to reduce the impact of the supply constraints.

“Eskom will communicate should there be any significant changes to the supply situation.”

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