Saturday’s load shedding schedule has been updated

Eskom’s Load Shedding Announcement and Schedule Updates

Load Shedding Implementation on Saturday

Eskom has officially announced the implementation of load shedding on Saturday, with a schedule update in effect.

The power utility specifies that Stage 3 load shedding will commence at 16:00 and continue until 05:00 on Saturday.

This will be followed by Stage 1 load shedding until 16:00.

Subsequently, Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 16:00 until 05:00 on Sunday.

Schedule Overview

Following the initial load shedding phases, Eskom outlines a temporary suspension from 05:00 to 16:00 on Sunday.

Stage 1 load shedding will then resume from 16:00 until 05:00 on Monday.

Eskom attributes the lower stages of load shedding to the return of some generation units to service in the past 48 hours and anticipates reduced weekend demand.

Further updates on the week ahead will be communicated on Sunday.

Load Shedding Schedule for Major Metros

For residents in major metros, specific load shedding schedules are available for reference.

Eskom encourages individuals to check the updated Load Shedding Schedule for their respective areas.

Mitigating Load Shedding Risks

In light of the ongoing challenges posed by load shedding, Eskom offers valuable tips to mitigate associated risks:

Surge Protection: Install surge protection devices to minimize damage to electronic equipment during power outages.

Alarm System Preparedness: Ensure that alarm systems are functional, with backup batteries in place to provide power during load shedding.

Emergency Lighting: Keep torches or headlamps handy, especially when arriving home at night during a power outage.

Utilize built-in torch features on smartphones.

Emergency Contacts: Save emergency contact information on your phone and keep a paper copy accessible, including contacts for emergency services, friends, family, and insurance.

Device Charging: Charge cell phones, laptops, and tablets before scheduled blackouts.

Have emergency chargers, such as power banks, readily available.

Gas for Cooking and Lighting: Acquire a small LP gas bottle and lamp for cooking, lighting, and boiling water during power outages.

Consider preparing meals in advance for scheduled blackouts.

This comprehensive approach aims to empower individuals to better navigate the challenges posed by load shedding, ensuring safety and preparedness in affected areas.


As Eskom continues to grapple with load shedding challenges, staying informed and taking proactive measures becomes crucial for individuals residing in areas affected by these power disruptions.

Eskom pledges to provide updates and further communication, particularly regarding the outlook for the week ahead, reinforcing the importance of community preparedness and cooperation.

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