Eskom starts load shedding

Eskom has announced that it has started stage 1 load shedding due to high demand and emergency maintenance.

“We would like to appeal to customers to reduce their electricity usage as much as they can, as it will ease the pressure on the system,” the group said.

The announcement follows a week of severe strain on the national grid after two generators failed on Wednesday (7 January), and an influx of people returning from holiday put more pressure on the grid.

Stage one load shedding allows for up to 1000MW of the national load to be shed; stage two for up to 2000MW; and stage three for up to 4000MW.

According to Eskom’s own power projections to March 2015, January’s power situation was expected to be the best out of the first three months of the year.

Load shedding schedule 2015
Load shedding schedule 2015

The power system will be severely constrained for the next two years, until at least 2 units of Medupi power station come online, Eskom said.

The first unit missed its December activation deadline, which was postponed to mid-January.

The load-shedding schedule for your area can be found via the following websites:

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