Eskom warned consumers on Sunday, May 30 that if they didn’t reduce their electricity usage, they would have to implement loadshedding – which they have – residents can expect power cuts from 4pm on Monday to 5am on Tuesday.
In a statement released on their social media channels they said: “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 settling in mush earlier than expected, as well as high breakdowns of generation units.”
They warned that this will continue throughout the high winter demand period – which means loadshedding is here to stay and we should prepare accordingly.
“Breakdowns currently total 14 560MW of capacity, while another 2300MW 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,” said Eskom.