Eskom held a media briefing on Tuesday to explain why it is implementing Stage 2 load shedding. The power utility said that load shedding would continue until Saturday. The load shedding began on Monday afternoon at 5pm after Unit 3 broke down at the Medupi power station.
South Africans can expect electricity outages from Monday 5PM until 5AM on Tuesday. The latest update from the power utility stated that Medupi Unit 3 broke down a short while ago. In Eskom said in a statement that there were multiple generating unit failures over the last 24 hours.
This includes a unit at Matla, Kendal, Matimba, Kusile and Grootvlei power stations tripping on Monday morning. Eskom said these unit failures were coupled with other unnamed tripped units over the weekend, a reduced available generation capacity and an over-reliance on emergency generation reserves.