Power utility Eskom says that stage 2 load shedding will also be implemented on Saturday (11 July), starting from 09h00 and continuing to 22h00.
The group said that, while it expects some generating units to return overnight, load shedding will need to continue to restore emergency reserves to better prepare for next week.
Due to the much colder weather, electricity demand has increased significantly, it said.
“Three of six generation units contributing to earlier breakdowns have been successfully returned to service at the Tutuka, Arnot and Matimba power stations,” it said.
“This has had the net effect of reducing plant breakdowns 2,350MW of capacity.”
The delayed return to service of a generation unit at the Devha power station has also contributed to the strained system. Load shedding is currently underway, with Eskom expecting to only suspend it at 22h00.
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) July 10, 2020
For those living in South Africa’s major metros, here is where you can check to see when you will be hit:
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Ekurhuleni
- City of Tshwane
- City of Cape Town (PDF)
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City
For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.
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.