Get ready to bust out your candles, Cape Town. Loadshedding is back and is here to stay for a few days.

Eskom announced on Wednesday [March 10] that Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented at 5pm on Wednesday and run until 11pm on Friday [March 12]. This comes after the loss of generation capacity and the need to replenish emergency generation reserves.

There is a probability that loadshedding may be implemented at short notice should any further breakdowns occur before then, according to the embattled power utility.

“Continued poor performance at the Kusile, Duvha and Tutuka Power Stations, as well as delays in returning some other units to service and breakdowns over the past week, have caused the need to implement this load shedding,” reads a statement from Eskom.

“Eskom has had to extensively utilise the emergency generation reserves, which are being rapidly depleted. This period of load shedding will be used to replenish the emergency generation reserves.

There is a high probability that loadshedding may continue to be implemented throughout the weekend, depending on plants returning to service from planned maintenance, as well as the levels of the emergency generation reserves.

Residents are asked to use electricity sparingly. Visit for tips to save electricity and follow load shedding developments on

To check your loadshedding schedule within the City of Cape Town, click here.

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