Power utility Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented on Tuesday evening (16 August), with a high chance of it being extended to Wednesday and Thursday.
Stage 2 load shedding will take place between 16h00 and 00h00 on Tuesday, it said.
“There is also a high probability that load shedding will require to be implemented during the same time on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Eskom will promptly communicate should a need arise,” it said.
The breakdowns of a single generation unit at Arnot Power Station and three at Tutuka Power Station during the last 24 hours, as well as the delays in returning units to service at Arnot, Kusile and Tutuka power stations, have put a severe strain on the power generation system.
Eskom said it currently has 4,550MW on planned maintenance, while another 14,182MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
For people living in the major metros, load shedding schedules are available here:
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Ekurhuleni
- City of Tshwane
- City of Cape Town (PDF)
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City
For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.
Smartphone users can also download the app EskomSePush to receive push notifications when load shedding is implemented, as well as the times the area you are in will be off.
This article originally appeared on BusinessTech