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Stage 2 is about to end at eskom.

Loadshedding has hit South Africa so bad and it doesn't seem like it ready to let us go. I still remember when it was the first time that us as South Africans got introduced to the loadshedding problem. Many homes where affected as it interrupted their daily lives. Most saw as they could not prepare dinner for their loved ones. Could not do laundry or watch their favorite movies or shows. Others it affected their security as it relayed on electricity. Most household's did not have generators for emergency. Small businesses where badly affected by this. The country lost interested investors. No solution could be met and even till today it's still affecting us. And the Stages are back and currently we are in stage 2.Eskom chief executive Andre de Ruyter says the power utility is working on repairs at its power stations, with stage 2 load shedding expected to end shortly, nearly a week after being implemented.Speaking to eNCA, de Ruyter said that load shedding will be lifted on Thursday morning (14 October) under current planning, adding that no further power outages are anticipated in the run-up to and over the country’s local government elections on 1 November.

Stage 2 load shedding

Eskom introduced stage 2 load shedding on Thursday (7 October) for the first time since 22 July, citing a need to replenish emergency generation reserves.

This was extended to 05h00 on Thursday (14 October) after further breakdowns were reported at the Kusile, Komati and Hendrina power stations.

Total breakdowns amount to 14,760MW, while planned maintenance is 5,277MW of capacity. “While still recovering four sites at Tutka, which had experienced conveyor belt failures, the fleet suffered a cluster of boiler tube leaks within a short period of time,” Eskom said in a statement last week

However, de Ruyter said South Africa could see further load shedding over the medium and long term.“The fact of the matter is that we have a shortage in generation capacity between 4,000 – 5,000MW. That is really what we need in addition to our existing ageing power generation system, which is susceptible to breakdowns and failures.

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