Due to further breakdowns of generation units on Wednesday evening, Stage 6 loadshedding will remain in force until further notice.

Thursday, 13 April 2023: As previously communicated, Stage 6 loadshedding will remain in force until further notice. The extension of loadshedding is caused by further breakdowns of generation units and continued shortage of generation capacity due to delays in returning to service some generation units. Eskom cautions the public that the system remains constrained and that changes to stages might be required at short notice. Eskom will continue to adjust the stage of loadshedding depending on the level of breakdowns.

Loadshedding is implemented as a last resort to maintain the stability of the national power system. Therefore, we appeal to the public to continue assisting in limiting the impact of loadshedding by reducing the usage of electricity and switching off heating and charging appliances at evening peak hours (17:00 to 21:00). Eskom will publish a further update as soon as any significant changes occur. Please refer to the table below for the schedule:

Breakdowns have increased to 18 617MW of generating capacity while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 5 807MW.

Over the past 24 hours two generation units were returned to service at Camden Power Station.

In the same period, generating units at Duvha, Kendal, Medupi and Tutuka Power Stations were taken offline for repairs. The delays in returning a unit to service at Kendal, Lethabo, Medupi and Tutuka power stations have exacerbated the capacity constraints and the team is working around the clock to ensure that these units are returned to service as soon as possible.

We thank all South Africans who continue using electricity sparingly and efficiently in helping to alleviate the pressure on the power system as this is assisting in avoiding higher stages of loadshedding.


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