South Africa faces load shedding throughout winter

 ·18 May 2021

Eskom will resume stage 2 load shedding between 17h00 and 22h00 on Tuesday evening (18 May) as the embattled power utility’s systems remain vulnerable.

Over the past 24 hours, Eskom teams have returned seven generation units to service which has helped ease supply constraints, it said in a statement on Tuesday morning.

However, this is currently insufficient to fully supply the evening peak, Eskom said. It added that the outlook for the remainder of the week is expected to improve as its teams work to return generators to service.

The power utility further warned of high evening peaks, which is typical of the demand period.

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha warned of the likelihood of ongoing load shedding during the evening peak period (17h00 to 22h00) throughout the winter.

The power utility implemented stage 2 load-shedding on Sunday evening because of 10 unit breakdowns at seven power stations.

The breakdowns included three generation units at Tutuka, one unit at Majuba, one unit at Kriel, and one unit at the Matla power station.

There were also trips at a unit each at Medupi, Kusile, and the Duvha power stations.

For those living in the major metros, they can check to see when they will be affected:

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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