Saturday, 09 July 2022: Due to the loss of five large generation units over the past 36 hours, as well as the delay in returning five units to service, loadshedding will regrettably be increased to Stage 3 (previously communicated Stage 2) at 07:00 -16:00 tomorrow. Between 16:00 and 00:00 loadshedding will be implemented at Stage 4, and then reduced to Stage 2 until 05:00 on Monday. Eskom will communicate and implement any changes as may be necessary.
Three units at Kendal, one each at Tutuka and Majuba power stations were forced offline to perform emergency repairs. The return to service of a unit each at the Medupi, Arnot, Camden, Kriel and Duvha power stations has been delayed.
Regrettably Stage 4 loadshedding will have to be implemented at 05:00 – 00:00 on Monday. Loadshedding will then be reduced to Stage 2 from midnight until 05:00 on Tuesday. This loadshedding sequence is likely to be repeated throughout the week.
We currently have 4 597MW on planned maintenance, while another 16 457MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
As the generation capacity shortages persist over the next few weeks, loadshedding will continue to be implemented at various stages. Eskom cautions the public that it will still take a few weeks for the power generation system to recover.
Eskom would like to remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly especially during these uncertain times on the power system.