Load shedding pushing to stage 6 indefinitely

 ·4 Sep 2023

Power utility Eskom has announced that load shedding will be escalated to stage 6 indefinitely.

With the increase in generation planned maintenance, as well as the loss of a further two generation units on Monday, the utility said that Stage 6 load shedding will be implemented from 05h00 on Tuesday until further notice.

“Overnight, a further two units at Lethabo and Matla power stations will need to be shutdown for urgent repairs,” it said.

Eskom will publish another update should any significant changes occur.

Breakdowns are currently at 16,210MW of generating capacity while the capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 5,894MW.

Since Sunday, a generating unit each at Kriel and Medupi power stations was taken offline for repairs.

In the same period a generating unit at Arnot, Kendal, Kriel and Lethabo powe stations were returned to service.

The delay in returning to service a generating unit each at Hendrina and Tutuka power stations is also contributing to the current capacity constraints.


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: ‘New’ Eskom is right around the corner

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