Stage 3 load shedding from 8am as Eskom battles further breakdowns

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Stage 3 load shedding will be implemented from 08:00 until 22:00 on Thursday, Eskom said late on Wednesday night.

This was after stage 4 load shedding - which allows for up to 4 000 MW to be shed from the grid - had been implemented earlier in the day on Wednesday. 

After a day on stage 3, the country would return to stage 2 at 22:00 on Thursday night, Eskom said. 

While the power utility said there had been a "slight improvement" in generation performance the course of Wednesday, there had been further breakdowns at Kusile, Matla and Tutuka power stations, meaning stage 3 load shedding would be necessary while emergency reserves were replenished.

Shortly before 23:00 on Wednesday, breakdowns totalled just under 14 000 MW, while planned maintenance was at 1 273 MW of capacity. 

Eskom has a total generating capacity of around 47 000 MW. 

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