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Eskom: Stage 2 loadshedding resumes, weekend reality

Eskom announced this morning that it will continue with stage 2 loadshedding from 9:00 today (Friday) until 6:00 on Monday 3 February.

According to the power utility, this is due to a shortage of generation capacity and depleted emergency resources, which were used extensively to supplement capacity over the past few days.

In addition, the parastatal said in a statement: “We are taking out three big units for planned maintenance today.”

“Unplanned outages were at 12,722MW as at 05:30 this morning [Friday]. We are monitoring the system closely and we will continue to give periodic updates on the status of the power system as things may change at short notice,” the utility said in a statement this morning.

A report by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Energy Centre has analysed South Africa’s loadshedding, indicating that it cost the country’s economy between R60 billion and R120 billion in 2019 alone.

South Africans have therefore come up with amazing techniques and solutions to survive power outages.

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Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.