Due to a lack of generation capacity, Eskom will extend stage 2 load shedding from 09h00 on Tuesday morning (October 26) until 05h00 on Saturday.
Eskom announced its load-shedding projection for the next 18 months earlier this week, stating that the country can expect frequent rolling blackouts in the near future.
As a result of delays in returning other units to operation, capacity limitations have worsened, hindering Eskom’s ability to refill emergency generation reserves (26 October).
According to Eskom, Koeberg 1 will be back in service by the weekend. It also anticipates the return to service of five additional units before the end of the week.
However, due to present capacity restrictions, it warned that a number of generation units were operating with a high risk of failure and could not be responded to at this time.
The total number of failures is 13,333MW, whereas the amount of planned maintenance is 5,548MW.
ESKOM urges that people minimize their electricity usage to assist them get through the constraints. “Eskom would like to apologies for the inconvenience caused by the implementation of load-shedding.”
Load shedding timetables are given here for residents of major metros:
Eskom has made its load shedding timetables available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za for anyone interested.
EskomSePush, an app available for Android and iOS devices, notifies users when load shedding is in effect as well as when the area they are in will be without power.