On Tuesday morning Eskom announced it would be implementing loadshedding stage 4. This comes after the power utility implemented Stage 2 load shedding on Sunday, which it would have suspended at 5am on Wednesday, April 20. Eskom said load shedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid.
initially the power supplier, Eskom said Stage 2 load shedding was implemented due to additional generation unit losses and the delayed return to service of generators.
The new development according to Eskom follows the tripping of its generation units at Majuba Unit 5 and Tutuka Unit 4.
“The loss of four additional generation units at Matla, Tutuka, Duvha and Arnot power stations over the past 24 hours, exacerbated by the delay in units returning to service at Camden, Matla, Grootvlei, and Tutuka power stations has unfortunately necessitated the implementation of load shedding,” the power utility said.