Stage 2 loadshedding to start this afternoon

Five hours after warning of potential loadshedding, Eskom announced it would be moving to Stage 2 from 4pm on Tuesday until 5am on Wednesday.

The reason given was a trip at Kusile power station as well as ongoing maintenance.

“A unit each at Matimba and Arnot power stations failed to return to service as previously anticipated. These constraints are expected to persist for the rest of the week, which may require the loadshedding to be exteneded,” Eskom said in a recent statement.

“We are currently utilising emergency generation reserves extensively to supplement supply.”

Total breakdowns currently amount to 17,933MW while planned maintenance is 3,451MW.

Eskom urged members of the public to use electricity sparingly.

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