Eskom to implement stage 2 load shedding on Thursday

Eskom to implement stage 2 load shedding on Thursday

The cold snap and a loss of generation capacity has seen Eskom implementing stage 2 load shedding from 4pm on Thursday. 


The embattled power utility says the rolling blackouts are expected to last until 9pm.


The lack of generation capacity stems from problems at the Medupi and Tutuka power stations. 


Breakdowns currently total 14 137MW while planned maintenance is 2 924MW of capacity.


"Unfortunately, a generation unit each at Tutuka and Medupi Power Stations were forced offline this afternoon, increasing the capacity constraints on the power system," says spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.  


"Further, a unit each at Medupi and Tutuka, that were expected to return to service this afternoon have now been delayed, further contributing to the shortages." 

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