Brace yourselves for a weekend of loadshedding, says Eskom

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Eskom will start with Stage 2 loadshedding at 6am on Saturday. (Getty)
Eskom will start with Stage 2 loadshedding at 6am on Saturday. (Getty)

South Africa will wake up with no lights or power to start their day on Saturday as Eskom, which has been warning the country about a "constrained" system, will be implementing Stage 2 loadshedding from 06:00.

The power utility announced on Friday night that power cuts will run until 23:00 and will be repeated on Sunday.

"Eskom regrets to have to announce the implementation of Stage 2 loadshedding starting at 06:00 tomorrow…Loadshedding will be repeated on Sunday as the system is severely constrained," it wrote.

The power utility said it needs to replenish depleted emergency power generation reserves for the coming weeks as festive holidays approach.

Eskom has been warning about constrained generating capacity as unplanned outages exceeded 10 000MW. It had 7 452MW on planned maintenance, but another 10 208MW of capacity was out on unplanned maintenance on Friday night.

It said that two generating units at its Kendal Power Station also went offline to comply with environmental legislation. Four more at Camden Power Station were taken offline "to conserve the integrity of the ash dam facility".

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
ZAR/USD
14.91
(+0.81)
ZAR/GBP
20.81
(+0.92)
ZAR/EUR
17.98
(+1.06)
ZAR/AUD
11.61
(+0.37)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(+0.90)
Gold
1742.15
(+0.22)
Silver
26.90
(+0.53)
Platinum
1209.00
(+1.14)
Brent Crude
64.90
(0.00)
Palladium
2380.00
(+1.90)
All Share
67536.96
(+2.12)
Top 40
62107.04
(+2.23)
Financial 15
12456.31
(+2.10)
Industrial 25
88082.08
(+2.25)
Resource 10
68969.71
(+2.24)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo
Company Snapshot
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, and I've gotten it.
21% - 1039 votes
No, I did not.
52% - 2592 votes
My landlord refused
28% - 1398 votes
Vote