Stage 2 power cuts return as Eskom suffers generation capacity shortage

The blackouts will be implemented between 4pm and midnight on Wednesday and Thursday.

FILE: Stage 2 power cuts return as Eskom suffers generation capacity shortage. Image: © Aekkarak Thongjiew/123rf.com

JOHANNESBURG - Stage two power cuts will return on Wednesday and Thursday due to a shortage of generation capacity, Eskom has confirmed.

The blackouts will be implemented between 4pm and midnight on both days.

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The power cuts return after a run of almost two weeks without the rolling blackouts.

Eskom in a statement said that a delay in the return of a generation unit at Arnot, Koeberg and Kusile power stations as well as an unplanned outage of a unit each at Camden and Medupi and two units each at the Grootvlei, Hendrina and Majuba power stations had exacerbated its capacity constraints.

"Together Medupi Unit 1 and Kusile Unit 2, as well as Koeberg Unit 2 account for more than 2300 megawatts of capacity and that, is indeed the reason we are having load shedding now. There are other units of course that have broken down or tripped over the past few days and all of these have contributed to the shortages we are having," said Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.