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Eskom urges the public to reduce the consumption of electricity as the power system is severely constrained due to the delay in returning units to service and the loss of multiple generation units.


Monday, 25 April 2022: While no loadshedding is currently being implemented, Eskom requests to the public to reduce the consumption of electricity as any further losses of generation capacity would force the implementation of loadshedding at very short notice. The loss of multiple generators over the weekend, as well as delays in returning some generation units to service, has made for a very constrained power system this afternoon. 


Eskom is working on returning a generation unit each at Matimba, Duvha and Arnot power stations to service before the evening peak. 


Today a generation unit each at Arnot, Kendal, Matla and Tutuka power stations have been returned to service. 


However, we will still be heavily reliant on emergency reserves to meet demand tonight. Emergency reserves are healthy to assist in reducing the supply deficit.


We currently have 4 533MW on planned maintenance, while another 13 601MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. 


Eskom would again like to remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We therefore request the public to continue using electricity sparingly to reduce the occurrence of loadshedding.


We will promptly inform the public should there be any significant developments.


ENDS