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Eskom has announced it will implement Stage 1 loadshedding on Monday, 7 June — with the possibility of more cuts later in the week.
The announcement was published via Twitter just hours before the interruption was set to commence.
Stage 1 loadshedding will start at 5pm and end at 10pm.
Stage 1 loadshedding will be implemented between 17:00 and 22:00 tonight due to further
breakdowns and delays in returning generating units pic.twitter.com/w5a7na6N15
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) June 7, 2021
In its statement, Eskom explained the loadshedding was due to the loss of four generation units. Two units were at the Kusile power station while Kendal and Tutuka each had one.
The breakdowns totalled 15 570MW of electricity with additional planned maintenance adding another 1 273MW.
At the same time, Eskom warned there was a high likelihood of loadshedding throughout the rest of the week. This is due to capacity constraints and high demand for power during the winter period.
“Eskom apologises for the inconvenience and uncertainty caused by these interruptions in electricity supply,” it added.
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