Eskom restarts load shedding as plant breakdowns cut capacity

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Eskom will start to implement stage 2 load shedding from 08:00 on Friday, due to an increase in generation unit breakdowns over the past few days.

The rotational power cuts will last until 22:00 on Friday. 

"Breakdowns this week have removed more than 13 500MW of capacity from the system, while planned maintenance stands at 5 000MW of infrastructure. Eskom is working hard to return as many of these generation units to service," it said in a power update. 

The power utility has warned that the constrained supply situation may last throughout the weekend, although it has not yet announced whether South Africans will face power cuts. 

- Compiled by Jan Cronje

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