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Just In: Stage 2 load shedding to be implemented from Friday to Sunday

If you thought you had a weekend free from load shedding, think again – think stage 2 because Eskom has just hit us with some sad news.

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Eskom has announced some bleak news and on a Friday too! According to the embattles power utility, SA residents will have to endure Stage 2 load shedding for an entire weekend, yes, you read that right. 

Update: 5 February – Note: City Power changed the Johannesburg load shedding schedule without warning and assigned new neighbourhood codes. Find the new information here.


If most of your weekend plans consisted of being indoors, you may want to reconsider and opt for nature instead of electronics – with a face mask of course!

Eskom, on Friday morning, announced that it would implement Stage 2 load shedding from 12:00 on Friday afternoon. Even worse? It added that the power cuts would remain in place until Sunday evening at 23:00 — what a way to kill the weekend spirit.

On Thursday 4 February around 21:00, Eskom did say that the grid was stable so what went wrong from then until now? According to a statement, the load shedding has been exacerbated by the forced shutdown of five generating units at the Medupi Power Station as a result of the inability to get coal into the units due to the heavy rain in the Lephalale area on Thursday night.

“The area experienced 65mm of rain, which added to the constraints caused by the heavy rains due to cyclone storm Eloise over the past two weeks,” it said.

The power utility currently has 4 114W on planned maintenance, while another 15 739MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned maintenance.

“As previously communicated, Eskom continues to implement reliability maintenance during this period, and thus the system will continue to be constrained, with the risk of load shedding remaining elevated,” it added.

This is a developing story, updates to follow. 


If you haven’t yet heard, the Stellenbosch Council is on the grind to rid the area of load shedding — be it Stage 2 or Stage 6 — the municipality essentially plans to look at alternative methods of generating electricity.

“A request to commence with an investigation into the use and generation of alternate electricity energy supplies was therefore adopted by the Stellenbosch Council yesterday. The decision puts Stellenbosch in the lead to potentially become the first municipality in the country to eliminate load shedding.”

Stellenbosch Municipality

“The promulgation of the Electricity Regulation Act Regulations in October 2020 opened the door for municipalities to start investigating how they can generate their own electricity and purchase electricity from independent power producers (IPP). We are proud to be the first out of the starting blocks in this regard.”