The reason for the Stage 3 could also be due to urgent maintenance being performed at certain power stations, Eskom said.
Stage 3 load shedding was believed to double the frequency of Stage 2 – meaning that load shedding could take place up to three times a day, for two hours.
Three schedules had been developed based on the possibility of risk and to ensure that it is applied in a fair and unbiased manner. Stage 3 load shedding allows for up to 4 000MW of the national load to be shed.
On Thursday, Eskom’s media desk said the power system remained “exceptionally constrained due to unforeseen technical problems at power stations and depleted water reserves and logistical issues relating to diesel supplies at our peaking power stations”.
Our power is supposed to be off, and it's not, which means Eskom is even useless at load-shedding.
— Where’s Wally? (@thatwallace) December 5, 2014
“Eskom has also taken a decision to load shed over the weekend in order to build up reserves for the week ahead. The capacity available to meet demand for electricity will be reduced as a result,” said the media desk.
“Consumers can help alleviate pressure from the system by reducing their electricity usage as much as they can.”
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City Power spokesperson Sol Masolo said effort to reduce the impact of load shedding in Johannesburg would include remotely switching off the geyser control systems to certain areas at specific times to manage the electricity load across the city.
“We also appeal to large power users and key business customers to reduce their usage of electricity by switching off all non-essential machinery, and other appliances such as air conditioners and lighting,” said Masolo.
“City Power also requests domestic customers and medium and small enterprises to reduce their electricity consumption by switching off of non-essential appliances such as office and basement lights, where possible.”
The Citizen has compiled a list of load shedding schedules from across different municipalities. Due to the fragmented nature of the information available, not all schedules may be accurate or up to date. If your schedule does not appear here or is not up to date, let us know.