Thursday, 21 April 2022: A generation unit each at the Majuba, Matimba and the Arnot power stations have returned to service since last night, while a single unit at Tutuka Power Station was shut down for repairs. Two more units are set to return to service during the next 24 hours.
This, together with the expected lower weekend demand, makes it possible for Eskom to reduce the implementation of loadshedding to Stage 2 starting at 22:00 tonight. Loadshedding will then continue at that level until Friday evening. Eskom will continue to adjust the stage of loadshedding depending on the level of breakdowns.
We currently have 5 349MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 493MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned breakdowns.
Loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We therefore request the public to continue using electricity sparingly, as we strive to return units to service.
Eskom would like to apologise for the implementation of loadshedding and will continue to closely monitor the power system. We will promptly inform the public should there be any significant developments.