South Africa: Loadshedding to Fluctuate Between Stage 2 and 3 in Coming Week

  • Due to a further loss of generating capacity, South Africa’s state owned energy utility, Eskom, has announced Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 17:00 until 22:00 tonight.
  • On Monday and Tuesday evening, at the same times, loadshedding will be implemented at Stage 3. Thereafter loadshedding will be reduced to Stage 2 for the rest of the week.

Since yesterday evening, breakdowns occurred on a unit each at Tutuka, Camden and Majuba power stations. A generating unit each at Hendrina and Majuba power stations returned to service today. Eskom currently has 2 094MW on planned maintenance, while another 17 640MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. Eskom has a total generating capacity of 44000MW. This means that nearly half of the utility’s generation capacity is out of service due to planned or unplanned maintenace or unplanned breakdowns.

Rekated news: The country can expect 101 days of loadshedding this winter under an extreme case scenario. Read more  

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