Eskom has announced that it will implement stage 2 load-shedding from 12:00 until 22:00 on Tuesday 1 September.
The power utility said that the rolling blackouts would be implemented due to the breakdown of 10 generation units at seven different power stations over the last two days.
“Eskom regrets to inform the public that due to a severely constrained generation system as a result of multiple unit breakdowns, it has become necessary to implement stage 2 load-shedding from 12:00 until 22:00 today,” Eskom said in a statement.
“Ten generation units at seven power stations suffered breakdowns in the last 48 hours.”
A single generator each broke down at the Arnot, Medupi, Lethabo, and Matla power stations, while two generation units each at the Majuba, Camden, and Tutuka power stations also broke down.
Eskom said that these breakdowns, together with the need to conserve emergency generation reserve, necessitate the implementation of load-shedding to protect the integrity of the national power grid.
Unplanned breakdowns stand at 11,665MW of capacity, with planned maintenance resulting in the further unavailability of 4,558MW of generation capacity.
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