Power utility, Eskom, on Wednesday said that Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from until 22:00 on Sunday night.
This is due to the continued delays in returning generation units to service at Kusile, Tutuka, Duvha, Kendal and Koeberg Power Stations.
“In addition, these constraints have been exacerbated by the high winter demand throughout the day over the past few days as brought about by the colder temperatures,” Eskom said.
“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 in order to replenish the emergency reserves. Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any changes.
“Breakdowns currently total 13 752MW of capacity, while planned maintenance is 1 273MW of capacity.”
Eskom also said that these capacity constraints will continue for the foreseeable future and all South Africans are urged to reduce their use of electricity, particularly between 17:00 and 22:00, when the winter demand is the highest.
“Eskom apologises for the inconvenience and uncertainty caused by these interruptions in electricity supply.”