Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 4 load shedding from 2pm on Monday until 5am on Saturday morning. On Sunday, the power utility had said it would implement Stage 3 load shedding in the afternoons followed by Stage 4 only in the evening.

“Due to the increasing demand combined with insufficient generating capacity and the need to manage the emergency reserves, Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented. Eskom will closely monitor the power system and communicate any changes to load shedding should it be required,” a statement read.

By Monday afternoon, unplanned outages at power stations stood at some 15,424 MW with a further 6,280 MW unavailable due to maintenance.

“In the last 24 hours, 500MW of generating capacity was taken offline whilst in the same period 600MW were returned to service. Approximately 1 300MW of generating capacity is anticipated to return to service by Tuesday evening. Eskom teams are working tirelessly to ensure that this additional generating units are returned to service as soon as possible,” the statement added.

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