Eskom announces stage one load shedding

Eskom says it will institute stage 1 load shedding from 09h00 – 23h00 on Monday (9 March) following a number of unplanned breakdowns.

The power utility said that the power cuts will likely continue until Thursday (12 March) as its units come back online.

“Implementing load shedding will put Eskom in a better position to meet the rising demand during the week. Work is also continuing to return to service some of the unplanned breakdowns we experienced.

“The system is currently constrained, unpredictable and vulnerable. Demand has also incrementally risen since January, putting pressure on the ageing fleet,” it said.

Load shedding schedules

Customers can find their various load shedding schedules on their local metro or municipal websites, where applicable, or from Eskom directly.

For those living in South Africa’s major metros, here is where you can check to see when you will be hit:

For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on

Smartphone users can also download the app EskomSePush to receive push notifications when load shedding is implemented, as well as the times the area you are in will be off.

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