Tuesday, 10 May 2022: The onset of winter has seen increased demand and this will lead to severe capacity constraints throughout this period, particularly during the evening and morning peaks. Unfortunately, this would generally require the implementation of loadshedding during the evening peaks. Tonight Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented between 17:00 and 22:00, with the possibility of higher stages should any further generation unit breakdowns occur before then.
A generation unit each at the Kusile and Arnot power stations are expected to return to service this afternoon.
Since yesterday evening, a unit each at Arnot, Grootvlei and Matla power stations either tripped or were taken offline for repairs. At the same time two units were returned to service; one each at Kriel and Grootvlei power stations.
We currently have 3 049MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 762MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
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 between 05:00 – 09:00 in the mornings and 16:00 – 22:00 in the evenings.
Eskom will promptly communicate should there be any significant changes to the power system.