Eskom eases load shedding, with a warning – here’s the new schedule

 ·17 Jul 2023

Power utility Eskom says that it will further ease load shedding this week, returning to a similar pattern seen before the cold snap caused outages to escalate.

Load shedding will continue at stage 2 until 16h00 on Monday (17 July), thereafter it will escalate to stage 4.

Load shedding will ease to stage 1 from 05h00 on Tuesday until 16h00, thereafter stage 3 will come into effect until 05h00 on Wednesday.

This pattern will repeat until further notice.

However, the utility warned that power demand is likely to escalate heading toward the weekend, and pleaded with the country to mitigate this by cutting use.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, 17 July

  • Stage 2: until 16h00
  • Stage 4: 16h00 to 00h00

Tuesday, 18 July

  • Stage 4: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Stage 1: 05h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 3: 16h00 to 00h00

Wednesday, 19 July

  • Stage 3: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Stage 1: 05h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 3: 16h00 to 00h00

Breakdowns have reduced to 15,747MW of generating capacity, while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 1,946MW.

Since Friday, a generating unit each at Kriel, Lethabo, Majuba, and Matla and two generating units at Arnot power stations were returned to service.

The delay in returning to service a generating unit each at Kendal, Matla and two generating units at Tutuka power stations is contributing to the current capacity constraints.

Eskom said that its teams are working tirelessly to return these generating units to service.

“Demand of electricity is expected to increase towards the weekend. Therefore, we appeal to the members of the public to assist in reducing demand by switching off non-essential appliances,” it 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

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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