Load shedding pushed to stage 6 indefinitely

 ·10 Feb 2024

Power utility Eskom has announced that load shedding will be pushed to stage 6

The utility pushed through a late-night alert on Friday (9 February) noting that, in spite of returning two generating units to service over the last 24 hours, two generating units were also taken offline.

“This, combined with the need to replenish the pumped storage dams in preparation for the week ahead, necessitated the implementation of Stage 6 load shedding.”

Stage 6 will be in effect from 00h01 on Saturday until further notice.

Eskom said that it would announce any changes as soon as they occur.

The move to stage 6 marks the first time that load shedding has hit these levels in 2024. The last time the country was at stage 6 was at the end of November 2023.

The escalation also marks a deviation from Eskom’s plan to keep load shedding capped at stage 4, and also flies in the face of messaging from president Cyril Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation Address that the end of load shedding is in sight.


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: Eskom expands load limiting in Gauteng

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