Eskom has just announced the phase 2 load shedding of 12:00. It will last until 10pm.
However, the City of Cape Town has announced that Phase 1 neighborhood power will apply in this metropolitan municipality, with the exception of people who get their power directly from Eskom.
Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha told the Sowetan said “load shedding can be set at short notice any time during the day”.
“We are working hard to avoid this and prevent peak power at night.”
Eskom has been warning for two days that its systems are under great pressure and that load shedding is a possibility. He also warned that this would be the case for the rest of the week.
This is the first time since March 15 that load shedding has been introduced.
Earlier this week, the power giant said it had problems with units at its Tutuka, Lethabo, Duvha and Kendal power stations.
Eskom said in a statement on Friday morning that the possibility that he would have to put down load was increased. He says there are currently five units to be removed from the network. It includes two units at the Arnot power station, and one each at the Kendal, Tutuka and Majuba power stations. Early Friday morning, a unit at its Matimba power station also broke ground. This means Eskom has lost 3 000 MW of generating capacity.
Eskom again warns that this situation is likely to last all weekend.
- The article was updated after publication with the latest information as made available by Eskom.