Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 17:00 – 22:00 tonight due to continued constraints on the power system

May 12, 2022

Thursday, 12 May 2022: A shortage of generation capacity during the evening peak will require the implementation of Stage 2 loadshedding from 17:00 until 22:00 tonight.

Last night a generating unit at Lethabo Power Station was taken offline for repairs. One generation unit each at Kusile and Tutuka power stations were returned to service.  

A generation unit each at Matimba and Tutuka power stations are expected to return to service this afternoon.

We currently have 2 379MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 365MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

The onset of winter has seen increased demand and this will lead to capacity constraints throughout this period, particularly during the evening and morning peaks. Unfortunately, this would generally require the implementation of loadshedding during the evening peaks.

Eskom would like to remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly especially between 05:00 – 09:00 in the mornings and 16:00 – 22:00 in the evenings.

Eskom will promptly communicate should there be any significant changes to the power system.


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