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Stage 2 loadshedding to be maintained for a greater part of today
Friday, 18 October 2019: Since the media briefing last night, we have had a major setback as we have lost additional capacity from Medupi power station.
As articulated, our prognosis was based on the state of the system and availability as at 17:00. Late last night, we lost Medupi 3, 4 and 5 due to coal and ash handling issues. This is in addition to the conveyer belt that failed on Saturday 12 October at the Power Station. This means that the power system has deteriorated further creating an additional shortage of about generation capacity of 1 500MW. As a result we will regrettably maintain Stage 2 loadshedding for the greater part of today.
We understand the negative impact this will have on our customers, in particular our matriculants who are writing exams this morning. In order to lessen the disruption on exams, will be implement Stage 1 loadshedding from 9:00 until 12:00 midday and thereafter revert to Stage 2 loadshedding until 23:00.
We apologise unreservedly to our customers and South Africans for the short notification. We will keep South Africans informed about the status and our recovery efforts throughout this period.
Eskom customers can check their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom website ( or through the customer contact centre on 0860037566.