South Africans will need to head out and grab a few extra candles and gas as Eskom has just announced an increase in planned load shedding for the week.
According to the power utility, the increase is due to the loss of five large generation units over the past 36 hours. The situation has only been exasperated by the delay in returning five units to service, and as such, load shedding will increase on Sunday.
South Africans can expect load shedding to be increased to Stage 3 (from Stage 2) from 07:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday.
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, load shedding will increase on Sunday, Eskom announced. Stage 4 will take effect from 16:00 and 00:00, and then be reduced to Stage 2 until 05:00 on Monday.
Stage 4 load shedding will follow from 05:00 on Monday to midnight that night. Load shedding will then be reduced to Stage 2 from midnight until 05:00 on Tuesday.
“This load shedding sequence is likely to be repeated throughout the week,” Eskom shared via social media.
According to the statement, three units at Kendal, as well as 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.
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Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented on Sunday afternoon, with varying stages of loadshedding implemented during the week. pic.twitter.com/tQB70UlK3J
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) July 9, 2022