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Due to a further loss of generating capacity, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 17:00 – 22:00 tonight. Loadshedding is likely be repeated at the same time throughout the week.

Saturday, 14 May 2022: Due to a further loss of generating capacity, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 17:00 until 22:00 tonight. Loadshedding is likely to be repeated at the same time throughout the coming week if the capacity shortages persist. Eskom will continue to closely monitor the system and communicate any changes as may be necessary.

Since yesterday evening, breakdowns occurred on a unit each at Arnot, Majuba, Hendrina, Kusile power stations and two units at Lethabo Power Station. A delay in returning 650MW due to planned maintenance at Cahora Bassa in Mozambique has further contributed to the shortage of capacity.

A generating unit each at Lethabo and Tutuka power stations returned to service today.

We currently have 2 389MW on planned maintenance, while another 17 810MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

Eskom appeals to all South Africans to help limit the impact of loadshedding by reducing the usage of electricity and to switch off all non-essential items.

Eskom would like to remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly especially between 05:00 – 09:00 in the mornings and 16:00 – 22:00 in the evenings.

Eskom will promptly communicate should there be any significant changes to the power system.

ENDS

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