The collapse of a coal silo at the 3 600MW (megawatt) Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga on Saturday, 1 November created a crisis for Eskom and required significant load shedding on Sunday 2 November.
Capacity is still constrained at Majuba to 600MW as a temporary solution is implemented at Majuba. Here is how it unfolded.
The first mention on social media appears to be Charl van Niekerk on Saturday afternoon.
What is happening at Majuba power station? Silo collapse?— Charl Van Niekerk (@charlvn34) November 1, 2014
Harry G attempted to ask Eskom for comment just before 3pm on Saturday. He got no response. The silo collapsed at 13:12.
Eskom's first acknowledgement on social media was on Saturday night at 23:30 to say there would be load shedding the following day.
Energy expert Anton Eberhard was one of the first to mention what was happening just after 7pm and just before 8pm posted this.
SA national power utility #Eskom about to declare emergency after entire 3800MW Majuba station taken out. Expect serious load-shedding— Anton Eberhard (@AntonEberhard) November 1, 2014
Another regular energy commentator Chris Yelland picked up the tweets explaining what the implication of the silo collapse would be.
#Eskom Loss of incoming coal means when the coal bunkers run out of coal, all 6 x 640 MW generators will stop, taking 3840 MW off the grid— Chris Yelland (@chrisyelland) November 1, 2014
First pictures of the collapse emerged on Sunday with Eskom requiring 2 000MW load reduction resulting in significant shedding in most major cities.
Eskom called a press briefing on Sunday afternoon and began updating their social accounts with the new info.
Majuba Power Station silo collapsed blocking coal delivery.
Eskom planned solution to restore the coal feed to the Majuba Power Station.