Stage 3 loadshedding will be increased from 16:00 on Monday (today) and Tuesday evenings; Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 05:00 to 16:00 on Tuesday, according to Eskom’s statement released on Monday afternoon.
The power utility said a high level of breakdowns and depleted emergency generation reserves had necessitated the move.
“Since Sunday morning a generating unit each at Duvha, Kriel and Tutuka power stations were taken offline for repairs while the delay in returning to service a unit each at Duvha and Majuba power stations have contributed to the delays. A generating unit each at Grootvlei, Hendrina, Majuba, Matla and Medupi power stations were returned to service.”
Currently there is 4 177MW on planned maintenance, with another 16 922MW of capacity unavailable due to breakdowns.
Eskom expects to provide a further outlook on Tuesday afternoon.