Steven Tau
2 minute read
17 Jul 2015
8:28 am

Cold front increases load shedding chances

Steven Tau

The power system remained constrained and under pressure due to increased demand in electricity as a result of the cold front, Eskom said.

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In a written reply to The Citizen, the power utility said there has also been a shortage of generating capacity as some power station units have been undergoing maintenance.

“As a result, the chances of load shedding are medium to high especially during the evening peak period.

“We continue to appeal to our customers to find alternative ways of keeping warm and using electricity sparingly throughout the day.”

On Wednesday, Eskom said the diesel levels at the open cycle gas turbines were also low, and when asked about it on Thursday, the Eskom media desk replied: “Our diesel levels are still a challenge, but we are managing that closely.”

Meanwhile, the cold weather conditions across many parts of the country this weekend the South African Weather Services warned about, hit Gauteng Friday morning.

Day temperatures in Gauteng are expected to range between 10 and 14 degrees Celsius today.

“Minimum temperatures are expected to range between -1 and -3,” forecaster Bransby Bulo told The Citizen.

He said similar conditions were also expected for KwaZulu-Natal, with maximum set to peak at 16 degrees Celsius on Friday.


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.