Stage 5 load shedding returns this week – here’s the new schedule

 ·26 Feb 2023

Power utility Eskom has announced that load shedding will be escalated again this week, moving to stage 5 on Monday.

The load shedding stages will vary, dropping to stage 3 on Tuesday (28 February), and then returning to stage 3 and stage 4, Eskom said.

The new schedule is as follows:

Sunday, 26 February

  • Stage 4: until 00h00

Monday, 27 February

  • Stage 4: 00h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 5: 16h00 to 00h00

Tuesday, 28 February

  • Stage 5: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Stage 3: 05h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 4: 16h00 to 00h00

Wednesday, 29 February

  • Stage 4: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Stage 3: 05h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 4: 16h00 until further notice

Eskom said that several units have returned to service, but breakdowns have occurred at others. There have also been delays in returning units to service, which are adding to contraints

In addition to this, power imports from Mozambique have been halved to 600MW due to a line failure in that country.

Breakdowns account for 16,900MW being out of service, while 4,700MW is offline for planned maintenance.


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

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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