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Breaking: Stage 1 load shedding likely “until end of the weekend”

We should all prepare to experience load shedding over the next four days, according to Eskom. Stage 1 is likely to begin from 14:00 on Thursday.

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After Eskom tentatively revealed there may be some load shedding to contend with on Thursday, they returned in the afternoon to confirm they’re going one better…

Load shedding for Thursday 28 February

Not only has the possibility of Stage 1 load shedding increased for the rest of the day – between 14:00 – 22:00, for the record – but the ailing company also confirmed that this was likely to continue into the weekend, with the power likely to go down from now until Sunday.

It caps a disastrous month for the power utility, who have inflicted the worst schedule of load shedding on South Africans in recent memory. They’ve been the talk of the nation for the last four weeks, as politicians discussed plans to somehow salvage this sinking ship.

They also haven’t been helped by a few PR disasters, either. It was reported that Eskom executives wanted the army to step in and protect generational units, as the firm could not guarantee they could protect their equipment if there were to be mass retrenchments at certain plants.

Eskom to switch off the lights “for a few days”

However, their most recent statement – issued on Thursday afternoon – suggests that we’ve got a few days of darkness to contend with. They are blaming a lack of water of diesel reserves, which has shortened their generational capacity. You can read their full statement here:

Check your load shedding schedule

To check your daily load shedding schedule, go onto loadshedding.eskom.co.za 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.

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