Eskom implements stage 2 loadshedding until Wednesday.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Eskom says it will be implementing stage 2 load shedding on Sunday (17 April) due to the loss of generating units.
Stage 2 load shedding will start at 16h00 on Sunday, and continue until 05h00 on Wednesday (20 April).
"The loss of four additional generating uniting at Matla, Tutuka, Duvha and Arnot power stations over the past 24 hours, exacerbated by the delay in units returning to service, has unfortunately necessitated the implementation of load shedding.
"The power system continues to be fragile and Eskom is forced to implement load shedding to manage and replenish emergency generation reservices, on which it has been relying to supply electricity each week."
Several units have returned to services since Friday, the power utility noted.
Despite this, the power system remains unpredictable, it said.
"Load shedding is implemented as a last resort to protect the national grid," it said.
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.