Wednesday, 03 August 2022 20:19

Load shedding pushed to Stage 4 on Thursday from 16:00.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Eskom says that load shedding will increase to stage 4 on Thursday (4 August) between 16:00-24:00, due to the continued shortage of generation capacity.

"Due to a shortage of generation capacity, coupled with the higher demand due to the colder weather, stage 2 load shedding will be implemented at 05:00-16:00 tomorrow (Thursday). Load shedding will then be increased to Stage 4 during the evening peak period of 16:00-24:00 tomorrow.

"It is anticipated that stage 2 will be implemented at 05:00-24:00 on Friday," it said in a statement.

This load shedding, it said, will also assist in recovering emergency generation reserves, which have been utilised extensively to meet the increased demand over the last few days.

The delay in returning a generation unit to service each at Arnot, Koeberg and the Kusile power stations, as well as the unplanned breakdowns of a generation unit each at Camden, Grootvlei, Lethabo, Majuba, Medupi and two units at Hendrina power stations, have exacerbated the capacity constraints, Eskom said.

Some generation units are anticipated to return to service over the next few days, the group added.

"While the return of Unit 2 of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station is anticipated for Friday night, should there be further delays, or other unit breakdowns, load shedding might have to be extended into the weekend."

Eskom said it currently has 2,931MW on planned maintenance, while another 15,040MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on http://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.