Eskom has announced it will implement loadshedding Stage 2 at 22:00 in South Africa this evening, until 05:00 on Wednesday morning. The power cuts will be repeated on Wednesday night through to Thursday morning 31 December 2020.
“This loadshedding is necessary to preserve emergency generation reserves in preparation for higher demand expected during January as economic activity resumes,” Eskom said. “During this period Eskom will continue to pursue increased reliability maintenance as planned and previously communicated.”
Eskom currently has 9 745MW on planned maintenance, while another 11 346MW capacity is unavailable due to unplanned maintenance. Eskom teams are working around the clock to return as many of these units to service as soon as possible, the power utility promised.
South Africans are urged to “use electricity sparingly” to limit the impact of load shedding.