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Stage 2 loadshedding to continue until 22:00, and resume at 08:00 tomorrow
Thursday, 13 August 2020: Eskom teams have successfully returned four generation units to service today. This, however, is not sufficient to stave off loadshedding at this point. Eskom will therefore continue to implement Stage 2 loadshedding until 22:00 tonight. Stage 2 Loadshedding will resume again at 08:00 until 22:00 tomorrow. This loadshedding has been caused by an increase in plant breakdowns over the past few days. Staying on Stage 2 loadsheding will also assist us in preserving our emergency generation reserves, namely diesel and water.
 
Today Eskom teams successfully returned a unit each at the Matimba, Kusile, Tutuka and Kriel power stations. The delay of the return to service of a unit each at Duvha and Tutuka and the breakdown of two units at Kriel, and a unit each at Tutuka and Kendal power stations have resulted in the need for loadshedding today.
 
Breakdowns this week have removed more than 13 500MW of capacity from the system, while planned maintenance stands at 5 000MW of infrastructure.
 
Eskom is working hard to return as many of these generation units to service.
 
The generating plant continues to perform at low levels of reliability, any unexpected shift such as an increase in unplanned breakdowns could result in a change in the loadshedding stage at short notice.
 
This constrained supply situation may persist throughout the weekend.
 
We urge the public to continue reducing electricity usage to help us minimise loadshedding. Eskom wishes to assure the public that implementing loadshedding is the last resort, in order to protect the national grid.
 
We will communicate should there be any significant changes to the supply situation.
 
 
 
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