Bad news Mzansi, Eskom is at it again. Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from Wednesday 10 March 2021 to Friday 12 March — yes, over a period of two days and it may continue into the weekend. The embattled power utility says it was a necessary decision to take following the loss of generation capacity. It also said replenishing emergency generation reserves is now a priority. 

STAGE 2 LOAD SHEDDING TO BE IMPLEMENTED ON WEDNESDAY 10 MARCH 2021

According to Eskom, Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented at 17:00 on Wednesday afternoon until 23:00 on Friday night as the generation capacity is severely constrained — something we’ve heard multiple times. 

To make matters worse, Eskom says there is a probability that load shedding may be implemented at short notice should any further breakdowns occur before then. 

“Continued poor performance at the Kusile, Duvha and Tutuka Power Stations, as well as delays in returning some other units to service and breakdowns over the last week, have caused the need to implement this load shedding,” it said in a statement mere hours before the scheduled power cut. 

“Eskom has had to extensively utilise the emergency generation reserves, which are being rapidly depleted,” it added. 

This period of Stage 2 load shedding will, according to the power utility, be used to replenish the emergency generation reserves. 

“We currently have 6 212MW on planned maintenance, while another 11 217MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and delays. This has led to our inability to supply the increasing demand,” it added. 

HIGH PROBABILITY THAT IT WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND 

Eskom went on to say that there is a high probability that load shedding — perhaps Stage 2 — may continue to be implemented throughout the weekend, depending on plants returning to service from planned maintenance, as well as the levels of the emergency generation reserves.

“Eskom will continue to assess and communicate promptly as the situation changes. As previously communicated, Eskom continues to implement reliability maintenance during this period, and as such the system will continue to be constrained, with the possibility of load shedding remaining elevated,” it said. 

“Eskom requests the public to continue using electricity sparingly as the system remains vulnerable and unpredictable, and we will communicate timeously should there be any significant changes to the power system,” it added. 

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Presh JM Reporter

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