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Stage 2 loadshedding to continue until 22:00, then resume at 09:00 tomorrow
Monday, 13 July 2020: This afternoon Unit 2 of the Koeberg power station, which had been on cold reserve since April 2020, was successfully synchronised into the grid to help relieve the pressure on the generation system. A generation unit each at the Majuba and Lethabo power stations have also returned to service this afternoon. This, however, is still not sufficient to enable Eskom to suspend loadshedding.
Eskom will therefore continue implementing Stage 2 loadshedding until 22:00, after which it will be suspended for the night. In order to limit the impact of loadshedding on the morning traffic peak, Eskom will start implementing Stage 2 loadshedding from 09:00 tomorrow until 22:00.
Eskom wishes to assure the public that implementing loadshedding is the last resort, in order to protect the national grid.
This loss added to breakdowns at the Kriel and the Medupi power stations because of difficulties experienced during startup.
Eskom teams are working around the clock to return as many generation units as possible. The colder weather also means demand for electricity has risen significantly.
We therefore urge the public to continue assisting us in managing consumption in order to reduce the impact of the supply constraints.
Eskom will communicate should there be any significant changes to the supply situation.