Eskom lengthens the time of Stage 3 load shedding

Eskom has announced that Stage 3 load shedding will be reintroduced, with the possibility of different stages being implemented in the future.

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“Stage 3 load shedding will commence at 4:00 PM today and continue until 5:00 AM on Monday. Following this, Stage 1 load shedding will be in effect until 4:00 PM, followed by Stage 3 load shedding until 5:00 AM on Tuesday. This sequence will be repeated daily until further notice. Eskom will issue another update if there are any significant changes.”

Eskom has appealed to the public to turn off non-essential appliances during peak demand hours, especially from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

#LoadsheddingUpdateSunday, August 27, 2023: Stage 3 load shedding will resume at 4:00 PM today until 5:00 AM on Monday. Thereafter, Stage 1 load shedding will be implemented until 4:00 PM, followed by Stage 3 load shedding until 5:00 AM on Tuesday. This pattern will be implemented daily… — Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) August 27, 2023

ABOUT ESKOM: Eskom is a public electricity utility in South Africa, established in 1923 as the Electricity Supply Commission.

It is the largest electricity producer in Africa and ranks among the top utilities globally in terms of generation capacity and sales.

Eskom is the largest state-owned enterprise in South Africa.

ESKOM’S POWER STATIONS: Eskom operates several significant power stations, including Matimba Power Station and Medupi Power Station in Lephalale, Kusile Power Station in Witbank, Kendal Power Station in Mpumalanga, and Koeberg Nuclear Power Station in the Western Cape – the sole nuclear power plant in Africa.


  1. Install surge protection: Protect equipment from electrical surges during power outages by using surge protection devices on distribution boards or electronic devices.
  2. Check your alarm system: Ensure your alarm system is operational and has a functional backup battery for use during load shedding.
  3. Keep a torch or headlamp: Have a torch or headlamp handy in your car and use smartphone torch apps during power outages.
  4. Emergency contacts: Save emergency contact information for services like fire, police, and medical assistance on your phone and in print.
  5. Charge devices: Fully charge cellphones, laptops, and tablets before scheduled blackouts and have backup power banks.
  6. Gas for cooking and lighting: Keep a small LP gas bottle and lamp for cooking, lighting, and hot water during outages.

To view your specific Load Shedding Schedule, refer to the load shedding site here.

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