Power utility Eskom confirmed on Friday that Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented until further notice, meaning potentially bad news for those wishing to watch Saturday’s Springboks v Italy Test.
“The higher stage of load shedding is mainly due to the high level of breakdowns and the depleted emergency generation reserves,” the group said.
“Changes in the stages of load shedding will be more erratic due to the absence of the buffer that is normally provided by the diesel generation capacity between generating unit breakdowns. Eskom will publish a further update as soon as there are any significant changes.”
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Since Friday morning, a generating unit each at Kendal and Kriel power stations were taken offline for repairs, while delays in returning to service a unit each at Arnot, Grootvlei, Hendrina and Tutuka power stations have contributed to the capacity constraints.
A generating unit each at Camden, Kriel, Tutuka and two units at Majuba power stations were returned to service.
Eskom said it currently has 4 887MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 320MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
Meanwhile, in reaction to Eskom’s plan, the City of Cape Town has also amended its schedule for Friday and Saturday.
Friday, 18 November
Stage 2: 06:00 – 22:00
Stage 4: 22:00 – 05:00
Saturday, 19 November
Stage 2: 05:00 – 14:00
Stage 4: 14:00 – 00:00
Sunday, 20 November
Stage 4 from 00:00 until further notice
Those who receive their electricity from the City of Cape Town will experience Stage 2 load shedding until 22:00 on Friday followed by Stage 4 until 05:00 on Saturday.
Stage 2 will then be in place on Saturday between 05:00 and 14:00, followed by Stage 4 between 14:00 and midnight.
Crucially, Stage 4 will be in place for City of Cape Town customers when the Springboks v Italy Test kicks off at 15:00 (SA time) in Genoa on Saturday.
So, unless you’ve installed a generator or inverter, or made a plan to pop around to a friend’s place, you may well miss the match.
Bookmark THIS page for more load shedding updates.
FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE MAJOR METROS, LOAD SHEDDING SCHEDULES ARE AVAILABLE BELOW:
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Ekurhuleni
- City of Tshwane
- City of Cape Town (PDF)
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City