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Stage 2 rotational loadshedding continues until Sunday at 06:00
Friday, 21 February 2020: Eskom will continue implementing Stage 2 rotational loadshedding until Sunday at 06:00 owing to the unplanned breakdowns that has increased the shortage in generation capacity. While we expect three generation units to return to service today, we lost a further two units last night to unplanned breakdowns. Stage 2 loadshedding will be necessary on Saturday to replenish reserves to better prepare for the coming week.
Unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 11 562MW as at 06:40 this morning, while planned maintenance is 5 076MW. Emergency reserves are currently being utilised to supplement the shortage in capacity. We will provide regular updates.
The system remains unpredictable and constrained, and as such we remind customers that any shift on the system performance will require a change in the depth of loadshedding at short notice.
Eskom also reminds South Africans that there is a possibility of increased loadshedding over the next 18 months as we are conducting critical maintenance to restore the ageing plant to good health.
We request customers to continue to use electricity sparingly and to assist us in reducing demand:
  •  Set air-conditioners’ average temperature at 23ºC
  • Switch off your geysers over peak periods
  • Use the cold water tap rather than using the geyser every time
  • Set your swimming pool pump cycle to run twice a day, three hours at a time
  • At the end of the day, turn off computers, copiers, printers and fax machines at the switch.
We appeal to customers to revisit their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom ( or local municipal websites, depending on their electricity supplier, to review amendments.