Load shedding to be suspended again this week – here’s the planned schedule

 ·11 Jun 2023

Power utility Eskom says that it will again suspend load shedding during the day this week, keeping evening outages at stage 3.

Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented from 16h00 until midnight on Sunday (11 June), thereafter, it will be suspended.

The suspension will run from midnight to 16h00 on Monday, after which stage 3 load shedding will be put in place. This is expected to repeat on Tuesday and Wednesday as well.

Sunday, 11 June
  • Stage 1: until 16h00
  • Stage 4: 16h00 to 00h00
Monday, 12 June
  • Suspended: 00h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 3: 16h00 to 00h00
Tuesday, 13 June
  • Suspended: 00h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 3: 16h00 to 00h00
Wednesay, 14 June
  • Suspended: 00h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 3: 16h00 to 00h00

This pattern will repeat until further notice, it said.

The suspension of load shedding is coming despite breakdowns exceeding Eskom’s baseline plan for 15,000MW

Breakdowns are currently at 16,115MW of generating capacity while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 3,766MW.

Over the past 24 hours, a generating unit each at Arnot and Kendal power stations were returned to service.

In the same period, a generation unit each at Kriel and Hendrina power stations were taken out of service due to breakdowns.

The further delays in returning to service a generating unit at Grootvlei, Hendrina, Majuba and Tutuka power stations are contributing to the current capacity constraints.

Eskom said its teams are working around the clock to return these generating units to service over the next few days.

The power utility needs to keep its breakdowns below 15,000MW to be in the best position to keep load shedding at bay or at reduces stages. The current spate of suspensions has been attributed to better plan performance, increased wind generation, and burning more diesel.

Planned maintenance has also been cut, and demand has also been lower than anticipated (31,400MW vs expectations of 33,000MW or more).

Despite load shedding being suspended, the power utility remains in a very vulnerable position and the situation can change with very short notice.


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: South Africa’s load shedding pain is far from over

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