Saturday, As stated in the power alert issued last night, Stage 2 rotational loadshedding is currently being implemented until 23:00 tonight as a result of a shortage of capacity because of a number of generating units still out of service due to breakdowns. Loadshedding is required all day today to cater for further trips and to create capacity to replenish water reserves for our pumped storage schemes. Eskom will communicate if there is a change in the system during the day.
We have made some progress in reducing the unplanned breakdowns from above 12 000MW yesterday to 11 000MW as at 07h00 this morning. There is also an improvement in managing coal handling with regard to wet coal, with only one station experiencing coal-handling problems, as a result of the incessant rains. We continue to utilise diesel and water resources at our open cycle gas turbines and pumped storage schemes respectively, to supplement capacity.
We continue to ask customers to reduce demand as a concerted collective effort can help to avoid or lessen the level of loadshedding. As we are experiencing rainy and cooler weather conditions in some parts of the country, we ask that you use efficient heating to keep warm and switch off your geysers over peak periods.
We will keep South Africans informed about the status of the electricity system and our recovery efforts throughout this period.
Eskom customers can check their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom website (loadshedding.eskom.co.za) or through the customer contact centre on 0860037566.
We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience during this difficult period.