Friday, 08 October 2021: In order to continue replenishing emergency generation reserves, Eskom regrets to inform the public that Stage 2 loadshedding will be extended throughout the weekend starting from 21:00 this evening until 05:00 on Thursday morning. This loadshedding is also necessary to address other additional risks in the generation fleet.
During this time Eskom will be working hard to return a number of generating units to service and we urge the public to continue using electricity sparingly. Total breakdowns amount to 14 760MW while planned maintenance is 5 277MW of capacity.
Whilst still recovering four units at Tutuka, which had experienced conveyor belt failures, the fleet suffered a cluster of boiler tube leaks within a short period of time.
Emergency reserves have been further depleted today due to breakdowns of a generating unit each at Kusile, Komati and Hendrina power stations. The return of a generating unit at Majuba power station today provided some relief, however, this was insufficient to curb the extensive use of emergency reserves.
Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the power system.