Eskom announced it will be implementing Stage 2 loadshedding from 8am on Thursday morning [August 13]. This will continue until 10pm, as there has been an increase in generation unit breakdowns.

“The delay of service of two units at Duvha and Tutuka and the breakdown of four units at Kriel, Tukuta, and Kendal have resulted in the need for loadshedding today,” the public enterprise said in a statement. “These units removed more than 2000MW of capacity from the system.”

According to Eskom, the generation units will continue to perform at low reliability throughout the course of the day, and this has triggered the announcement of loadshedding.

“There is a high possibility that Stage 2 loadshedding may be escalated to Stage 3 for the evening peak,” it added.

“Please switch off electrical equipment prior to the start of load-shedding to avoid power surges when the power comes back on,” the City of Cape Town warned its customers. “Most City customers will be shed at Stage 1 as the City is protecting customers from one stage of load-shedding.”

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