Tuesday, 03 May 2022: Eskom regrets to inform the public that due to severe generation capacity constraints Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 17:00 this afternoon. Loadshedding will continue until 05:00 on Monday. This loadshedding has been caused by a shortage of generation capacity owing to delays in returning generators to service, as well as breakdowns of nine generators. Eskom will continue to monitor the system and implement any changes as required.
Since yesterday a generation unit each at Lethabo, Tutuka, Ingula, Drakensberg, Arnot as well as two units each at Hendrina and Matla power stations suffered breakdowns. Further, delays in returning generators to service at Arnot, Kendal and three units at Tutuka power stations have added to the capacity constraints.
Eskom expects to return as many of these units to service as possible over the next few days. We also expect to rely on the use of emergency generating reserves to limit the stage of loadshedding during this period.
We currently have 3 875MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 067MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
Eskom would again like to remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We therefore request the public to continue using electricity sparingly to reduce the occurrence of loadshedding.
Eskom will promptly inform the public should there be any further significant developments.