Load shedding has resumed, with Stage 2 in effect until Monday.
The reason given by Eskom is "generation capacity issues."
Due to "generation capacity constraints," Eskom will implement rotational power cuts starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday.
The power outages, also known as load shedding, will continue at Stage 2 until 5 a.m. on Monday, according to a statement from the state-owned utility.
If the electricity system continues to deteriorate, load shedding may be required earlier (than 9 p.m. on Saturday)," the statement stated.
Three generation units at the Kusile, Medupi, and Arnot power stations, as well as a delay in returning a unit at Tutuka to service, were cited by Eskom.
Medupi's output was also decreased due to the failure of coal conveyers. Due to an electrical issue, the ash facility of the Kendal power station was completely shut down, necessitating the station's output to be "limited to a minimum.
"These difficulties, along with greater demand yesterday and today," Eskom stated, "have resulted in considerable use of emergency generating reserves, which will need to be fully recovered for the week ahead."
Total breakdowns have risen to 14.7 GW, while planned maintenance has taken 6.7 GW out of service, according to the company.
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