Your weekend load shedding schedule

South Africa – Friday, December 1, 2023

Eskom has announced on social media platform X that Stage 2 and 3 load shedding will be implemented from 10am on Friday until Sunday .

Earlier this week, the power utility implemented Stage 6 load shedding due to insufficient generating capacity and weakened emergency reserves which caused strain on available generation capacity .

“Due to the sustained improvement of the generation capacity with unplanned outages at 13 542MW, load shedding will be reduced to Stage 2 from 10am today until 4pm .

Thereafter, Stage 3 load shedding will be implemented from 4pm until 5am on Sunday when load shedding will be suspended from 5am until 4pm .

“On Sunday, Stage 3 load shedding will resume from 4pm until 5am on Monday .

Eskom will communicate the update on the week ahead on Sunday afternoon,” the power utility said .

On Thursday, Eskom had announced that generation capacity had come back on line to boost the power grid .

“[Some] 800MW were returned to service and approximately 3700MW of generating capacity is anticipated to return to service by Sunday evening .

Eskom teams are working tirelessly to ensure that this additional generating units are returned to service as soon as possible .

“We appeal to the members of the public to use electricity sparingly and efficiently from 5pm to 9pm to reduce the high demand .

“We would also like to thank those who do heed the call of switching off geysers and pool pumps from 5pm to 9pm, as this lowers demand and helps in alleviating the pressure on the power system and contributes to lower stages of load shedding,” Eskom said .

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