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Eskom to implement Stage 1 loadshedding from 09:00 until 14:00 tomorrow, then move to Stage 2 until 22:00
Wednesday, 15 July 2020: Due to the much colder weather, demand for electricity has significantly increased this afternoon. It is currently more than 2 000MW higher than yesterday, and we forecast that evening peak demand will still be much higher. This was already the highest demand so far this year at more than 33 000MW. This, together with generation units that have suffered breakdowns, is putting severe strain on the system. Eskom is working hard to return these generation units to service to help reduce the strain on the system.
 
While we appreciate the cold weather, Eskom urges the public to assist by switching off heating appliances, geysers and other appliances.
 
Stage 2 loadshedding will continue until 22:00 tonight, and will then be suspended for the night. Tomorrow loadshedding will resume at Stage 1 from 09:00 until 14:00, before moving to Stage 2 until 22:00. 
 
Eskom teams this afternoon managed to return one generation unit to service at the Tutuka power station. This, however, was countered by a generation unit each at the Medupi and Kusile power stations tripping, contributing to the constrained capacity. This adds to one delayed generation unit at the Tutuka and one at Kendal. Eskom teams are working hard to return these generation units to service.
 
Eskom 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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