Eskom gives load shedding update through to Saturday – here is the new schedule

 ·5 Oct 2022

Power utility Eskom has given the latest load shedding update, noting that rolling blackouts will be eased into the weekend but remains elevated.

  • Stage 4 load shedding will be maintained until 05h00 on Thursday morning (6 October).
  • Stage 3 load shedding will be implemented from 05h00 Thursday to 05h00 on Saturday (8 October).

Eskom will publish a further update on Friday afternoon or as soon as there are any significant changes.

“The continued load shedding is necessary due to the shortage of generation capacity as a result of persistently high levels of breakdowns and to further replenish the emergency generation reserves,” it said.

“A generation unit each at Arnot, Kriel, Lethabo, Matla as well as two units at Camden Power Station have returned to service since last night. A generating unit each at Hendrina, Kendal and Majuba power stations were taken offline for repairs.”

Furthermore, the delay in returning a generating unit each to service at Kendal, Komati and Tutuka power stations have added to the capacity constraints.

The group said it currently has 6,647MW on planned maintenance, while another 14,692MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

The latest round of elevated load shedding follow weeks of strained generating capacity for the utility, which was forced into stage 6 more than two weeks ago.

The group has had to contend with repeated trips and breakdowns, diesel supply shortages and suspected acts of sabotage at the Camden power station, which brought the entire station down for two days over the weekend.

Schedules 

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.


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