Stage 2 load shedding to be suspended from Tuesday.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Stage 2 load shedding will be suspended at 05:00 on Tuesday, but energy supply is expected to remain constrained all week, with the possibility of further load shedding, Eskom said on Monday night.
The power utility implemented Stage 2 load shedding on Monday afternoon, after Unit 5 of Medupi Power Station tripped, taking some 700 MW capacity with it.
Four generation units - at Matla, Kriel and Camden power stations – broke down earlier on Monday, while a generating unit each at Tutuka and Matla power stations have been delayed from returning to service.
The unplanned breakdowns had - before the Medupi unit tripped - removed 15 514 MW of capacity from the system, while almost 5 000 MW was out due to planned maintenance.
For people living in the major metros, load shedding schedules are available here:
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Ekurhuleni
- City of Tshwane
- City of Cape Town (PDF)
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City
For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.
Smartphone users can also download the app EskomSePush to receive push notifications when load shedding is implemented, as well as the times the area you are in will be off.