Cape Town - Eskom has implemented Stage 2 load shedding on Thursday.
Eskom in a brief tweet on Thursday afternoon cited a shortage of capacity as the reason for the implementation of load shedding.
While the City of Cape Town customers usually only have to endure Stage 1, the City said that they will also be on Stage 2 as "as there is no spare City generation capacity due to necessary maintenance".
Load-shedding stages depend on the extent of the shortage of generation capacity to meet the country’s electricity demand, with stage 1 being the least serious, and stage 4 being the most serious. Stage 4 calls for 4000MW to be rotationally load shed nationwide.
Outages generally last for about 2,5 hours. Due to technical issues there can be minor changes in the load-shedding area boundaries from time to time.