Stage 4 loadshedding will continue to be implemented daily until 05:00 on Sunday

Thursday, 31 August 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding will continue to be implemented daily until 05:00 on Sunday. Thereafter, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented until 16:00. This is necessary due to the need to recover emergency generation reserves, and the generation maintenance to be implemented in preparation for the coming week. Eskom will publish another update should any significant changes occur.

Breakdowns are currently at 14 953MW of generating capacity while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 5 914MW.

In the last 12 hours a generating unit at Arnot and Kriel power stations were taken offline for repairs. Subsequently, a generating unit at Arnot, Duvha and Tutuka power stations was returned to service.  

The delay in returning to service a generating unit at Kendal and Tutuka Power Stations is also contributing to the current capacity constraints.

Eskom teams are working tirelessly to return these generating units to service. 

Eskom’s load forecast for the evening peak demand is 27 639MW and we appeal to the members of the public to continue reducing demand by switching off non-essential appliances. 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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