Wednesday, 20 April 2022: Having returned to service six generation units over the past 24 hours, and with three more units set to return tomorrow, Eskom is pleased to be able to reduce the implementation of loadshedding to Stage 3 starting at 22:00 tonight. Loadshedding will then continue at that level until Friday. Eskom will continue to adjust the stage of loadshedding depending on the level of breakdowns.
A generation unit each at the Arnot and Kendal power stations returned to service during the day, adding to the two Lethabo units, and one each at Camden and Matla power stations that returned to service during the night. A unit each at the Majuba, Matimba and Arnot power stations are set to return to service by tomorrow.
Altogether, this will boost generation capacity and ease the constraints ahead of the weekend, in which we also expect lower demand.
We currently have 5 787MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 259MW 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.