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Eskom to continue implementing Stage 2 loadshedding from 09:00 until 22:00 tomorrow as the power system is still severely constrained
Wednesday, 19 August 2020: Due to the severe constraints in the power generation system, Eskom will continue to implement Stage 2 loadshedding starting at 09:00 until 22:00 tomorrow. While Eskom teams have today and yesterday successfully returned three generation units to service, a further three units tripped, two of which have returned.
 
Three generators were returned to service at the Duvha, Tutuka and Hendrina power stations. A single generation unit at Tutuka has not yet returned to service.
 
Unplanned breakdowns stand at 12 100MW of capacity, adding to the 4 350MW currently out on planned maintenance. Any further deterioration in the generation performance may therefore necessitate the escalation of loadshedding at short notice.
 
As the aged generation infrastructure is unreliable and volatile, this constrained power system is expected to persist for the rest of the week, particularly as the cold front hits.
 
We urge the people of South Africa to help reduce electricity usage in order to assist Eskom to reduce the instance of loadshedding and keep the lights on.
 
ENDS