Power utility Eskom says that improved generation capacity has allowed it to suspend load shedding once again on Thursday.
Due to improved generation capacity, and reduced level of breakdowns, currently at 13,501MW of generation capacity, load shedding will be suspended until 16h00. Thereafter,
As with most of this week so far, load shedding will return in the evening – stage 3 load shedding will be implemented from 16h00 until 05h00 on Friday.
Eskom will publish another update should any significant changes occur, it said.
The latest schedule is as follows:
Thursday, 21 September
- Stage 3: 00h00 to 02h30
- Suspended: 02h30 to 16h00
- Stage 3: 16h00 to 00h00
Friday, 22 September
- Stage 3: 00h00 to 05h00
- Stage TBD: 05h00 onwards
The utility has taken a very different approach to load shedding this week, moving away from set schedules and instead giving daily updates and changes on the fly, depending on the status of the grid.
This has allowed the group to suspend load shedding for most of the week – a major change from indefinite stage 6 load shedding that hit most of last week.
For people living in the major metros, load shedding schedules are available here:
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Ekurhuleni
- City of Tshwane
- City of Cape Town (PDF)
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City
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.