Eskom has announced that stage 3 load shedding will be implemented from 9pm on Thursday, October 28 until 5am on Friday, October 29. Thereafter, Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented until 5am on Saturday, October 30.
Loadshedding will be reduced to Stage 3 from 21:00 on Thursday until 05:00 on Friday; thereafter Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented as previously
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— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) October 28, 2021
Eskom also confirmed that over the last 24 hours, a unit each at the Koeberg, Medupi, Kriel, Kusile and Tutuka power stations returned to service, helping to ease the current capacity constraints.
“While this allowed space to reduce the utilisation of emergency generation reserves, it is, however, still insufficient to end the current load shedding. The next two days will be used to further improve the emergency reserves in preparation for the week ahead,” it said.
Eskom said the total breakdowns currently amount to 14 161MW while planned maintenance is 5 449 MW of capacity.
Eskom reminded its customers and the public that load shedding is implemented as a last resort to maintain stability of the power system regardless of the stage of load shedding as the power systems remains to be effectively controlled.
“Eskom would like to assure the public that there is a very low probability of a system collapse, and therefore, no cause for alarm,” it said. It also apologised for the inconvenience to all citizens, especially matriculants who are currently studying for their final exams.