Forget load shedding suspensions – Eskom ramps up outages as units go down

 ·27 Jan 2024

Update – 27 January

Eskom says that four of its units have gone down overnight, necessitating that load shedding be escalated to stage 2 until further notice.

The group had previously announced its intention to suspend load shedding during the day this weekend.

Stage 2 load shedding has been in effect since 05h00 on Saturday and will continue until conditions change.

Original – 26 January

Eskom says that sustained generation and anticipated lower demand this weekend means that outages can be suspended during the day.

Stage 1 load shedding will continue as previously announced until 05h00 on Saturday, it said, but outages will be stopped until 16h00 thereafter.

Stage 1 load shedding will kick in again overnight, with the same pattern repeating on Sunday.

The utility said it would announce any further changes should they occur, with an update for next week planned for Sunday afternoon.

Friday, 26 January

  • Stage 1: until 00h00

Saturday, 27 January

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

Sunday, 28 January

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


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.

Read: The big Eskom turnaround lie

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