Eskom CEO announces load shedding changes – here is the planned schedule

Eskom chief executive Andre de Ruyter says that load shedding should be eased heading into the weekend, subject to the return of power units later today and no further breakdowns.

Addressing media on Thursday morning (18 November), de Ruyter said that the load shedding stages will change as follows:

  • Stage 2 load shedding on Thursday until 21h00;
  • Stage 1 load shedding from 05h00 on Friday morning (19 November) running throughout the day;
  • Load shedding is expected to be lifted for the weekend.

The changes are expected to be confirmed later this afternoon as more units are returned as a further recovery in a generation is seen, he said.

While some breakdowns are being addressed, de Ruyter said that there had also been several ‘accidents’ that were due to human error. These are now being investigated for possible negligence or potential malice. “It has been an interesting 24 hours – with considerable ‘coincidences’ at stations,” he said.

“At this point in time, the outlook for the rest of the weekend is quite stable as long as nothing else goes awry. We are dependent however on units returning, and therefore we will be giving an update at 16h00 to confirm that we are going ahead as planned,” he said.

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

Read: Gordhan’s load shedding message to South Africa

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Eskom CEO announces load shedding changes – here is the planned schedule