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Eskom implements Stage 2 rotational loadshedding from 08:00 until 22:00
Sunday, 02 December 2018: In our latest update yesterday, we communicated that due to the high unavailability of plant, Eskom was unable to build the necessary reserves resulting in high probability of Stage 2 rotational loadshedding from 10:00 this morning. However, due to a further shortage of generation as a result of units that have not returned to service as expected, Stage 2 rotational loadshedding is implemented from 08:00 and is likely to continue until 22:00. Eskom would like to sincerely apologise for the inconvenience and uncertainty caused by this.
 
Generation plant continues to be out on planned maintenance (approximately 5000 MW) and there is a higher than expected number of units (currently at approximately 10000 MW) on unplanned maintenance due to technical faults. Cahora Bassa hydropower plant is still supplying 700 MW less to the grid as a result of a damaged transmission line, which occurred late on Wednesday. Over and above these challenges, we are experiencing low diesel reserves due to the continued pressure on the national grid resulting in excessive usage of open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs).  In addition, the need to build emergency water and diesel resources to limit the loadshedding possibility or magnitude thereof in the following week also remains. Customers are reminded to treat all electrical points as live during loadshedding.
 
Stage 2 calls for 2000MW to be rotationally loadshed nationally at a given period. Loadshedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.
 
We continue to appeal to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this period. Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand. 
 
For Eskom customers, these schedules are available on the Eskom website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za).Eskom customers can also contact our customer contact centre at 0860 037 566.
 
 
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