Stage 2 load shedding until further notice

Eskom has announced that Stage 2 load shedding will continue to be implemented until further notice. By Sunday afternoon, at least 14 759MW of generating capacity was unavailable due to unplanned outages with a further 7639MW out of service due to planned maintenance. 'Despite the return to service of five generating units in the last 36 hours, the need to replenish and stabilise the emergency reserves in preparation for the weekday electricity demand, as well as the marginally deteriorated available generation capacity, necessitates that Stage 2 load shedding continue to be implemented until further notice. 'Eskom will monitor the system closely. A further outlook will be provided on Wednesday afternoon, or any changes will be communicated if required,' the power utility said. Eskom said teams at power stations are working to ensure the return of generating capacity later this week and called on consumers to use electricity sparingly. 'Eskom Power Station General Managers and their teams will continue to work diligently to ensure that the 2 320MW of generating capacity is returned to service by Wednesday as planned. 'We would like to thank those who heed the call to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, including switching off geysers and pool pumps from 17:00 to 21:00. This lowers demand and helps in alleviating the pressure on the power system, contributing to lower stages of load shedding,' Eskom said. Source: South African Government News Agency