Stage 4 Loadshedding in South Africa: Half of Government’s Generation Capacity Out of Service

  • South Africa’s state owned energy utility, Eskom, will implement Stage 4 loadshedding from 10:00 this morning until 05:00 on Monday morning.
  • This is to replenish the emergency reserves in order to contain loadshedding to lower stages next week.

A generation unit at Kendal was forced offline for emergency repairs while a unit each at Majuba, Lethabo and Camden power stations, as well as Hydro de Cahorra Bassa in Mozambique, were shut down for critical planned maintenance in preparation for the week ahead.

Overnight a generation unit each at Kusile and Tutuka power stations returned to service. Eskom currently has 5579MW on planned maintenance, while another 16 599MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. Eskom has a total generation capacity of 44000MW.

Eskom will hold a media briefing on Monday to update the public on the state of the power system.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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