Load shedding Eskom

Eskom to implement stage 2 load shedding. Photo: Stock/Canva

Stage 4 load shedding on Thursday, lower stages from Friday

Eskom has warned it will be implementing load shedding at various stages over the next few weeks as it’ll take time for the system to recover

Load shedding Eskom

Eskom to implement stage 2 load shedding. Photo: Stock/Canva

Eskom will be implementing stage 4 load shedding on Thursday, 14 July 2022 from 16:00 until midnight. As previously indicated, load shedding will then be reduced to stage 3 on Friday from 05:00 until midnight. This will be followed by lower stages of load shedding for the weekend.

“It is anticipated Stages 1 and 2 will be required for Saturday, with Stage 2 loadshedding only implemented at 16:00 – 22:00 on Sunday. Should anything change in the intervening period, Eskom will communicate and implement any changes as may be necessary,” said Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.


Eskom anticipates having to also implement load shedding next week, but only stages 1 and 2, the power utility said in a statement.

“We currently have 4 501MW on planned maintenance, while another 16 320MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. As the generation capacity shortages persist over the next few weeks, loadshedding will continue to be implemented at various stages. Eskom cautions the public that it will still take a few weeks for the power generation system to recover”

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha

The embattled power utility has been forced to enforce various stages of load shedding, something it had initially attributed to a workers’ strike at its power stations. South Africans have been urged to continue using electricity sparingly, so as to ease pressure off the grid.

“Eskom would like to remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly especially during these uncertain times on the power system,” Mantshantsha added.

All this comes as President Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to make an announcement on government’s way forward regarding the ongoing energy crisis. The Presidency spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said Ramaphosa was working on a plan to reduce the scale of rolling blackouts.