South Africans have become accustomed to power cuts with Eskom announcing that loadshedding will continue this weekend.
Loadshedding has now been implemented since the beginning of this week with Eskom saying it will come to an end on Sunday night.
From 08:00 on Thursday morning, stage 3 loadshedding will be in place and thereafter, stage 2 will be implemented. South Africans were shocked when Eskom announced Stage 4 loadshedding on Wednesday afternoon.
Eskom put out a statement on Thursday morning which said:
Loadshedding will be increased to Stage 3 from 08:00 until 22:00 on Thursday, after which it will revert to Stage 2 as previously communicated.
Loadshedding will then continue at Stage 2 from 22:00 on Thursday night until 22:00 on Sunday night.
As for those in Cape Town, the City has said that City-supplied customers will have Stage 2 load-shedding from 06:00 to 17:00.
Even though a slight improvement was seen in generation performance, loadshedding continuing comes as a result of additional breakdowns of generating units and to replenish the reserves which have been depleted.
Eskom says, "These emergency reserves are required to respond to emergencies in order to maintain the stability of the national grid".
Eskom has previously said that extended loadshedding is needed due to continued delays in returning generation units to service at Kusile, Tutuka, Duvha, Kendal and Koeberg Power Stations.
They have however said that these constraints have been worsened by the high winter demand which was seen the past few days.
The emergency generation reserves have been used extensively in the past days to avoid loadshedding during the day. This has resulted in these being depleted, reducing available capacity.
This then makes loadshedding a necessity, says Eskom.
The power utility company currently has 13 995 MW on planned maintenance and another 1273 MW capacity unavailable because of breakdowns and delays.
These capacity constraints will continue for the foreseeable future and all South Africans are urged to reduce their use of electricity.
Eskom has once again reminded citizens that it will continue to implement reliability maintenance and as such, the system will continue to be constrained.
Eskom will continue to assess and communicate promptly as the situation changes.
South Africans are asked to use electricity sparingly.