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Possibility of loadshedding has increased as belt that feeds Medupi units snaps
Thursday, 10 September 2020: Last night, a conveyor belt feeding coal into the Medupi generation units failed, increasing the risk of loadshedding. This means the four generation units in service are not able to take in the requisite amount of coal to generate electricity. This puts further strain on Eskom’s ability to fully supply electricity over the next 24 hours.  
 
While Eskom teams are working round the clock to repair the conveyor belt, which is expected to take the better part of the day, any further breakdown elsewhere in the generation fleet, would necessitate the implementation of Stage 2 loadshedding at short notice.  
 
Eskom will continue to communicate should there be any further changes as the system remains unreliable and vulnerable.
 
We urge the people of South Africa to continue using electricity sparingly in order to assist Eskom to avoid the implementation of loadshedding.
 
ENDS