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Eskom requests the public to reduce electricity usage as system is severely constrained following unplanned breakdowns
Tuesday, 23 June 2020: Eskom appeals to the public to reduce electricity consumption as the generation system is severely constrained. We have unexpectedly lost four large units to unplanned breakdowns, while the return to service of another two generation units have been delayed.
 
The breakdowns happened to a unit at Kendal, Majuba and Lethabo power stations. Furthermore, a unit at Duvha and Tutuka power stations, have not returned to service as expected.
 
A further Kendal unit was taken off due to technical difficulties and to address emissions.
 
Eskom has 31 000MW available total capacity to meet demand tonight. While we expect some units to return to service soon, this situation may persist until the weekend.
 
We urge the public to reduce consumption by switching off non-essential appliances in order to maintain the integrity of the system.
 
 
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