Eskom announced that it will implement stage 2 load shedding from 10:00 today (Sunday, 12 April 2015), which is likely to continue until 22:00 this evening.
“This is due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages,” Eskom said.
News that Eskom would begin stage 2 load shedding comes after the beleaguered power utility warned on Friday that forecasted peak demand through the weekend until Wednesday was expected to outstrip supply.
The capacity originally expected to be available to meet evening peak demand was 28,532MW (including open cycle gas turbines), while demand was forecast at 28,848MW.
“Eskom would like to assure customers that load shedding is implemented as a necessary measure to protect the power system from a complete blackout,” the company said in a statement on Sunday.
“Eskom calls on all customers to reduce the load on the electricity grid by urgently switching off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances throughout the day, which will reduce electricity demand.”
It added that commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, can also make a big difference by switching off non-essential lights and not leaving office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours.