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Eskom may be forced to implement loadshedding at short notice

Eskom announced on Thursday afternoon that it may be forced to implement loadshedding at short notice should further generating capacity losses occur.

In a statement, the state owned entity said its power system was under severe pressure following the loss of four generating units since Thursday morning.

“A unit each at the Tutuka, Medupi and Majuba power stations tripped, while a unit at Lethabo has been taken offline to repair a boiler tube,” the statement reads.

The power utility appealed to members of the public to reduce their electricity usage.

Eskom said should it be forced to implement loadshedding, it would most likely be between 6pm and 9pm on Thursday evening.

“Breakdowns currently total 13 557MW while planned maintenance is 4 074MW of capacity. Eskom is working to return as many of these units as possible, starting tonight.”

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