Load power for the coming week will vary between phase 2 and phase 4 this week according to Eskom’s latest statement.
Phase 4 comes into force at 16:00 on Sunday and lasts until 05:00 on Monday. After this, phase 2 is introduced, with the pattern being repeated daily.
Generation units that have given up means 15,798 MW of capacity is currently unavailable, while planned maintenance work stands at 3,099 MW. Over the past 24 hours, a generating unit each at Grootvlei, Kendal, Kriel, Majuba and Medupi has been brought back online.
However, there were delays with the commissioning of a unit each at Grootvlei, Kendal, Kriel, Majuba and Medupi, says Eskom.
These delays add to the capacity constraints.
Last weekend, Eskom repeatedly appealed to consumers to use power sparingly amid the cold weather. The struggling power supplier repeated this call again today and asked South Africans to help relieve pressure on the network in an effort to avoid higher phase load shedding.