Eskom is implementing stage 2 load-shedding on Wednesday between 5 pm and 11 pm until Friday.
The power utility said in a statement it’s regrettable that it implements rolling blackouts because of limited generation capacity.
“The continued poor performance at Kusile, Duvha, and Tutuka power plants, the delays in the re-commissioning of some other units, and the blackouts during the last week made it necessary to implement this load-shedding”, reads media statement.
Eskom said it will implement stage 2 rolling blackout until Friday evening, and probably throughout the weekend due to limited generation capacity.
“There is a possibility that we can implement load-shedding at short-notice should further failures occur before then,” Eskom said.
Eskom said it has used depleted emergency generation reserves, saying the load- shedding period will replenish the emergency generation reserves. “
“We have 6 212 MW for scheduled maintenance, while another 11 217 MW capacity is unavailable because of interruptions and delays. This has meant that we cannot meet the growing demand. “
According to Eskom, there is a high likelihood that load shedding will continue throughout the weekend, depending on bringing the system back into operation after the scheduled maintenance and the level of emergency power reserves.
Eskom said it will continue to perform reliable maintenance during this period as it continues to restrict the system while the possibility of load shedding remains high.
Eskom requests the public to continue using electricity sparingly as the system remains vulnerable and unpredictable, and we will communicate should there be any significant changes to the power system,” said Eskom.