Eskom has announced that it will introduce stage 2 load shedding starting at 12h00 on Friday afternoon (5 February).
The embattled power utility said that the power cuts will continue until 23h00 on Sunday evening (7 February).
Eskom said that the load shedding has been exacerbated by the shutdown of generating units at its Medupi power station. This was caused by an inability to get coal into the units due to heavy rains in the region.
The power utility said that it currently has 4,114 MW in outages due to planned maintenance with a further 15,739 MW lost due to unplanned outages.
For those living in the major metros, they can check to see when they will be affected:
- 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.
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) February 5, 2021