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Eskom announces stage 2 loadshedding from Thursday

Johannesburg – As most parts of the country face extreme cold weather conditions, the embattled power utility of South Africa, Eskom, has announced that it will be placing the country on stage 2 loadshedding.

Eskom said in a statement, “Eskom regrets to inform the public that due to a shortage of generation capacity, coupled with the severely cold weather in parts of the country, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 until 21:00 tonight.”

“Unfortunately. a generation unit each at Tutuka and Medupi Power Stations were forced offline this afternoon. Increasing the capacity constraints on the power system. Further, a unit each at Medupi and Tutuka, that were expected to return to service this afternoon have now been delayed, further contributing to the shortages.”

“Eskom regrets the inconvenience caused by these power constraints, and would like to urge the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to help ease the pressure on the power system, and will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the performance of the system,” Eskom concluded.

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