Eskom load shedding

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Eskom issue another load shedding warning for Thursday 7 March

It’s happening again. Eskom have warned South Africans that there’s a “high risk” of load shedding for the remained of Thursday. Candles at the ready.

Eskom load shedding

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For a third consecutive day, the energy giants have warned us all that the lights may go out between now and 23:00. Eskom have managed to avoid implementing a load shedding schedule over the past two days, but the third time may prove to be unlucky on Thursday.

Again, that impeccable sense of timing they have is on full display. Eskom is currently awaiting the final decision of Nersa – the energy regulator – on whether they can implement a 15% price increase on their tariffs. Their final decision has been delayed an hour until 14:00.

“High risk” of load shedding in place for Thursday

The energy grid has been described as “tight and vulnerable” by the suppliers, who are fighting tooth and nail to keep the lights switched on for the rest of the day.

It’s highly unusual for Eskom to issue these warnings unless the system really is on its arse. If we were to escape “un-loadshedded” on Thursday, Friday could still be a risk.

Eskom explain themselves

“Eskom did not implement load shedding yesterday, but the risk does remain high for the rest of Thursday. The system is still tight and vulnerable, but load shedding will only be implemented if absolutely necessary.”

“We continue to encourage residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly throughout the course of the day. Please switch off geysers and all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand.”

  • You can read the full statement from Eskom here

Check your load shedding schedule

To check your daily load shedding schedule, go onto and type either your suburb/village/area into the quick search field.

You can also call Eskom’s customer contact centre at 0860 037 566. If your electricity is supplied via the municipality, you need to refer to the table in this article and contact the relative authorities – either via the web or phone.