Another day of load shedding today

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Picture: Thinkstock

Eskom resumed stage two rolling blackouts on Wednesday.

”Eskom will implement stage two load shedding from 6am this morning, and this is likely to continue until 10pm this evening,,” it said in a statement.

”The electricity supply system remains very constrained and vulnerable due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages.

The power utility implemented stage three power cuts on Tuesday night.

Stage 1 allows for up to 1000MW of the national load to be saved, stage 2 for up to 2000MW, and stage 3 for up to 4000MW.

Eskom has battled to keep the lights on since the collapse of one of its coal storage silos, diesel shortages, and maintenance.The unstable power grid was becoming more vulnerable due to the approaching winter season and the resultant high electricity demand.

Eskom’s current woes

It’s going to be long dank winter if government doesn’t pull Eskom towards itself.

On Tuesday Eskom announced it was implementing stage two load shedding. This followed a warning from the captain and rudderless utility on Monday the system remained “very vulnerable this week due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service for planned and unplanned maintenance”.

The warning went on to say “Any additional changes on the already vulnerable and constrained power system could lead to load shedding at short notice”.

This, as may have been inevitable, inevitably happened when Eskom announced it had implemented stage three load shedding, leading to national outrage. On social media platform Twitter, RethaRatsomo™ – ‏@_RethabileR_xx – may have said it best with her succinct comment that “Stage 3 loadshedding is really just messing with my life right now”.
Energy and technology expert Chris Yelland said there were three things causing Eskoms’ current woes.

“Firstly, the unplanned outages are continuing to rise. The plan was to stabilise them, and get back under control, but they are continuing to rise,” said Yelland. “Today I think I heard the figure of more than 11 000MW of unplanned outages plus a further 5000MW of planned outages. That’s 16 000MW out of service, which is half of Eskom’s demand at the moment.”

Then said Yelland, was the obvious. “As the cold and the winter weather approaches; we tend to have a more prominent evening peak demand. During summer months, it is relatively flat. The combination of the two pushed us into stage three load shedding. “

With Medupi and Kolisile five years behind schedule, and ongoing labour problems, the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t going on any time soon.

“Government has lost control,” said Yelland, wondering how Eskom could reinstate the 1 700 workers it fired for vandalising property during a strike at the utility’s Medupi power plant. “If you let this happen, it shows you’ve lost control. These are the kind of very hard political decisions government is going to have to start making.”

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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.


Should you be powered directly by Eskom visit the Eskom load shedding site to find out when you’ll be out. Type in your suburb/area in the search box to easily locate your area, i.e. Pimville or the Midvaal municipality.

Eskom has also collated a list for municipal customers which can be accessed here.

If you’re residing in Johannesburg and fall under City Power click here: City Power Schedule for the greater JHB.

For the Ekurhuleni area, click on one of the PDFs below or visit the City of Ekurhuleni site

For the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) load shedding schedule click here.

For the City of Cape Town click here.

For the Durban (Ethekwini Municipality) load shedding schedule click here: Ethekwini Municipality load shedding

For the Mangaung area’s schedule click here: Mangaung’s Load Shedding Schedule

For the Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth and surrounds) schedule click here: Nelson Mandela Bay – load shedding schedule

For Mbombela schedule click here.

For Mogale City schedule click here.

For Knysna schedule click here.

For Polokwane schedule click here.

For ​eMalahleni schedule click here.

For Umhlathuze schedule click here: Umlathuze schedule

For the Buffalo City schedule click here: Buffalo City Schedule

For the Middleburg (Steve Tshwete) schedule click here: Steve Tshwete (Middleburg) Schedule

For the Emfuleni schedule click here: Emfuleni Load Shedding Schedule

Msunduzi (Pietermartizburg) – Msunduzi/PMB Load_Shedding

Drakenstein Municipality – the municipality is updating notices on it’s website.


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