Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 today followed by Stage 2 loadshedding at 05:00 on Thursday

Wednesday, 17 January 2024: In spite of the return to service of 3 200MW of generation capacity in the last 48 hours, the need to continue to do planned maintenance and the setback of losing four generating units, necessitates the implementation of Stage 3 loadshedding from 16:00 today until 05:00 on Thursday. Thereafter, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 05:00 until 16:00. This pattern of implementing Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 until 16:00 and Stage 3 from 16:00 until 05:00 will be repeated until Saturday morning. Eskom will provide a further update on Friday afternoon.

Eskom will closely monitor the power system and communicate should any significant changes occur.

Unplanned outages are currently at 14 894MW of generating capacity, while the capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 8 336MW.

Eskom Power Station General Managers and their teams will continue to work diligently to return the units out of service, including the 606MW of generating capacity planned to be returned to service this evening.

Eskom’s load forecast for the evening peak demand for Wednesday is 25 503MW.

We would like to thank those who do heed the call to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, including switching off geysers and pool pumps from 17:00 to 21:00, as this lowers demand and helps in alleviating the pressure on the power system and contributes to lower stages of loadshedding.


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