Eskom has announced extended loadshedding following the breakdown of four generation units this morning.

In a statement, the power utility said loadshedding will now be implemented between 10:00 and 00:00 on Wednesday (22 June).

From Thursday until Sunday, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 05:00 until 00:00.

“Due to the breakdown of four generation units this morning contributing to the capacity constraints, Eskom regrets to announce that Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 10:00 until midnight,” Eskom said in the statement.

“Starting tomorrow until Sunday night, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 05:00 until midnight. There is a likelihood that the stage of loadshedding might need to be increased during the evening peaks.

“Eskom will continue to closely monitor the system, adjust and communicate any changes as may be necessary. We appeal to all South Africans to help limit the impact of the shortages by continuing to reduce the usage of electricity and to switch off all non-essential items.”

According to Eskom, a generation unit each at the Kendal and Matimba, as well as two units at the Matla Power Station broke down this morning. This reduced generation capacity by 2400MW, adding to the ongoing capacity constraints.

There has been a delay in returning to service a unit at Kusile Power Station, which is now expected to return to service tomorrow.

“We currently have 3 630MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 277MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.”

Eskom reiterated that as the shortage of generation capacity persists, the system will continue to be constrained with an elevated risk of loadshedding over the coming weeks.

“We would like to remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We, therefore, urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly, especially between 05:00 — 09:00 in the mornings and 16:00 — 22:00 in the evenings.”