Load shedding pushed to stage 4 on Wednesday

Eskom has announced that load shedding will be pushed to stage 4 on Wednesday, continuing until 05h00 on Friday.

The schedule will then return to stage 2 until 05h00 on Saturday, it said.

“Due to further shortage of generation capacity, Eskom regrets to announce that stage 4 load shedding will be implemented from 12h00 today (Wednesday) until 05h00 on Friday,” it said.

“Over the past 24 hours a unit each at Medupi, Kusile and Matla power stations tripped, while a unit each at Lethabo and Arnot power stations were forced to shut down. This constrained the power system further requiring extensive use of emergency reserves, therefore hampering the recovery of these reserves.”

Eskom said that some generating units have returned to service and it anticipates another two units will return during the day.

It said load shedding is a last resort and apologised for the inconvenience caused.

For people living in the major metros, load shedding schedules are available here:

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.

Read: Here is Eskom’s load shedding forecast for the next year – and things could get much worse

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Load shedding pushed to stage 4 on Wednesday