Monday, 31 May 2021: Eskom regrets to inform the public that Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented starting at 16:00 this afternoon until 05:00 tomorrow morning. This loadshedding has been caused by the higher demand as a result of the cold front setting in much earlier than expected, as well as high breakdowns of generation units.
The generation supply constraints will persist throughout the high winter demand period, which increases the likelihood of loadshedding.
Breakdowns currently total 14 560MW of capacity, while another 2 300MW is unavailable due to planned maintenance. Some generation units are expected to return to service starting this evening, which would help ease the strain. This, however, is not sufficient to eliminate the high probability of loadshedding for the rest of the week.
Eskom would like to appeal to the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to assist the country get through these capacity constraints.
Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the system.