Eskom to suspend load shedding during the day this weekend – here’s the schedule

 ·8 Mar 2024

Power utility Eskom says that it will ease load shedding over the coming weekend, moving sharply from a rotation of stage 2 and stage 4 outages to daytime suspensions.

Stage 2 load shedding will continue until 20h00 on Friday as previously announced, moving up to stage 4 overnight.

This will be to replenish emergency reserves, the group said.

From 05h00 on Saturday, load shedding will be suspended, followed by stage 2 in the evening.

Following another daytime suspension on Sunday, stage 1 load shedding will continue until further notice, Eskom said.

Friday, 8 March

  • Stage 2: until 20h00
  • Stage 4: 20h00 to 00h00

Saturday, 9 March

  • Stage 4: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Suspended: 05h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 2: 16h00 to 00h00

Sunday, 10 March

  • Stage 2: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Suspended: 05h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 1: 16h00 until further notice

Eskom said that the suspensions over the weekend are due to lower forecast demand, as well as an anticipated 1,500MW of generating capacity expected to be returned by Sunday.


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.

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