Eskom is implementing Stage 2 loadshedding from 16:00 until 21:00 on Thursday (tonight) due to a shortage of generation 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,” it said in a statement.
“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.”
Eskom says the breakdowns currently total 14 137MW while planned maintenance is 2 924MW of capacity.
The utility says it regrets the inconvenience caused by these power constraints, however it continues to “urge the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to help ease the pressure on the power system.”
Palesa Mofokeng is a Moneyweb intern.