The system remains severely constrained and unpredictable, and as such loadshedding stage 2 will unfortunately have to continue from 08:00 this morning until 06:00 tomorrow morning (Friday).
We have lost additional generation capacity overnight with breakdowns of over 14 000MW. Our emergency reserves are also insufficient to meet the demand for electricity during the day. As a result we have to loadshed throughout the day until tomorrow.
Our teams continue to work tirelessly to return units from planned and unplanned outages. Owing to inadequate maintenance over a number of years, the system remains vulnerable to unplanned outages. We remind customers that loadshedding is an essential and controlled measure to ensure that the integrity of the grid is not compromised.
In order to plan their activities, Eskom customers can check their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom website (loadshedding.eskom.co.za) or through the customer contact centre on 0860037566.
We will give South Africans regular updates about our prognosis for tomorrow and our recovery efforts for the rest of the week leading into the weekend.
We continue to ask customers to reduce demand as a concerted collective effort can help to avoid or reduce the level of loadshedding.