Eskom has nixed the idea of suspending load shedding this weekend and will instead escalate load shedding to stage 4 until Monday.
Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented at 20h00 on Saturday and will continue until 05h00 on Monday.
This is being done to replenish the dam levels at the pumped storage power stations in preparation for the week ahead, ti said.
The escalation follows a series of rapid load shedding changes this week, when the utility first implemented outages at stage 6, moved to a rotation of stages 5 and 6, followed this with a three-stage schedule moving between stages 2, 3, 4 and 5, and then ending the week on stage 3 with the promise of a suspension on Sunday.
The group has been struggling to balance high levels of outages, diesel shortages and tapped-out emergency reserves amid growing user demand.
Given the haphazard changes to the load shedding schedules over the last few days, and the apparent instability of Eskom’s grid, South Africans should anticipate further changes
Eskom said it would continue monitoring the power system closely and adjust and communicate the load shedding stages as required.
Saturday, 2 December
- Stage 3: until 20h00
- Stage 4: 20h00 to 00h00
Sunday, 3 December
- Stage 4: 00h00 to 00h00
Monday, 4 December
- Stage 4: 00h00 to 05h00
- Stage and time TBD
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.