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Return of Load-Shedding: South Africa to Face Stage 2 and 3 Cuts

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Return of Load-Shedding: South Africa to Face Stage 2 and 3 Cuts

After a nine-day period of no load-shedding, Eskom has announced its return due to the necessity of replenishing emergency reserves ahead of expected high electricity demand during cold weather. Here’s a breakdown of the announcement.

Return of Load-Shedding: South Africa to Face Stage 2 and 3 Cuts

The Return of Load-Shedding

Eskom announced the resumption of rotational blackouts to maintain emergency reserves.

Stage 2 Load-Shedding

From 4 pm on Sunday until 4 pm on Monday, South Africa will experience stage 2 load-shedding.

Stage 3 Load-Shedding

Subsequently, from 4 pm until 5 am on Tuesday, stage 3 load-shedding will be implemented. This will be followed by a return to stage 2 load-shedding until 4 pm. This pattern will be repeated daily until further notice.

Continuous Monitoring

Eskom commits to closely monitoring the power system and communicating any changes to load-shedding as needed.

Generation Units and Maintenance

Eskom reports 16,150 MW of generating capacity is currently out of service, with 5,950 MW under planned maintenance. Over the past 24 hours, several generation units were taken offline for repairs at various power stations.

Peak Demand Forecast

Eskom anticipates peak demand of 24,824 MW for the evening and 27,557 MW for Monday.

Request for Reduced Demand

Eskom appeals to the public to continue reducing demand by switching off non-essential appliances.

Efficient electricity usage, including switching off geysers and pool pumps from 5 pm to 9 pm, helps alleviate pressure on the power system and contributes to lower stages of load-shedding.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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