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Loadshedding: Eskom moves to stage 2 load shedding


Oct 29, 2021

We are back to stage two loadshedding! Eskom has reduced load shedding to stage two on Friday morning.


The power utility said this was possible after having returned some generation capacity to service over the past 24-hours.

It furthermore said that stage two load shedding will be implemented until 5:00 on Saturday.

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“Over the past 24 hours, a unit each at the Koeberg, Medupi, Kriel, Kusile and Tutuka power stations have returned to service, helping to ease the current capacity constraints.”


Loadshedding will be reduced to Stage 3 from 21:00 on Thursday until 05:00 on Friday; thereafter Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented as previously
communicated until 05:00 on Saturday pic.twitter.com/Mta1XRFt6m

— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) October 28, 2021

It said that a unit each at Majuba and Arnot power stations tripped, while a single unit at Matla was forced to shut down.

“Total breakdowns amount to 14,161MW, while planned maintenance is 5,449MW of capacity.”

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“We remind customers and the public that loadshedding is implemented as a last resort to maintain the stability of the power system regardless of the stage of loadshedding as the power system remains to be effectively controlled.”

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— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) October 28, 2021

Eskom has warned in a summer load shedding forecast for 2021/2022, that its system is likely to remain severely constrained for the near future.

For people living in the major metros, load shedding schedules are available here:

City of JohannesburgCity of Ekurhuleni City of Tshwane City of Cape Town (PDF)


Get gas, getting a gas stove will ensure that you can cook food or boil the kettle even if there’s no electricity.Go Solar and install a solar geyser, get solar lamps to put outside in the garden and take inside when the lights are out.Battery-operated lights. Laterns, torches and other battery-operated lights are great to keep around the house when the power goes off.Get a generator. You can get ones that will keep the entire house powered or smaller ones to just keep the fridge running and perhaps the tv on.Make sure you have car chargers for your cell phone and iPad to ensure that you can always make sure your phone is charged.

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