Load shedding has returned after a respite of over a week, as Eskom reinstates Stage 2 load shedding. The power utility has taken this step to replenish emergency reserves before anticipated cold weather increases electricity demand.
Return of Load Shedding: Eskom Shifts Between Stage 2 and 3 Starting at 4 PM on Sunday
Stage 2 load shedding will be in effect from 4 pm on Sunday until 4 pm on Monday, with subsequent stages alternating as follows: Stage 3 from 4 pm to 5 am on Tuesday, and then Stage 2 from 5 am to 4 pm. This cycle will continue until further notice.
Eskom is currently facing generation challenges with 16,150MW of generating capacity unavailable due to breakdowns. Additionally, 5,950MW of capacity is out of service for planned maintenance.
Over the past 24 hours, several generation units had to be taken offline for repairs, while one unit at Kriel Power Station was restored to service.
Increased Demand Forecast
Eskom anticipates a peak demand of 27,557MW on Monday evening. To alleviate the strain on the power system, the public is urged to continue reducing electricity demand by switching off non-essential appliances.
Eskom expressed appreciation for those who use electricity efficiently, including turning off geysers and pool pumps from 5 pm to 9 pm.
The load shedding schedule has been reintroduced, and Eskom will closely monitor the power system, communicating any necessary changes.
This temporary respite from load shedding came after a period of reduced demand and extensive efforts to maintain power supply.