Phase 2 load shedding will be in place until Tuesday at 4pm before being increased to phase 4. This increased phase then applies until Wednesday at 05:00.
The pattern will repeat itself daily until further notice.
This afternoon Eskom said the implementation of higher phase load shedding is due to several generating units that have broken down over the past 24 hours.
A generating unit at Camden, Kendal, Kriel, Kusile, Matla and two generating units at Matimba are currently out of action for repairs. A delay in the return of a generating unit at Tutuka and Kendal does not help Eskom’s cause either.
“Eskom is working tirelessly to put these generating units back into service,” the power supplier assured this afternoon.
A generating unit at Duvha, Kendall and Majuba could at least be put back into service in the last 24 hours.
A total of 16,154 MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns, while the generation capacity that has been taken out of service for planned maintenance work stands at 5,970 MW.
“Eskom will endeavor to keep phases as low as possible where possible,” the power supplier undertook this afternoon.