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Load shedding forecast: Eskom issue “high risk” warning for Monday 11 March

Just how we wanted to start our week, right? Eskom have confirmed that there will be rotational load shedding on Monday “if necessary”.

eskom load shedding

Image via Flickr: Matt Wiebe

What better way to start your week than with a power cut? Eskom have announced via their social media feeds that there is a “high risk” of load shedding on Monday, picking up from where they left off last week.

They published a series of warning regarding the high likelihood of the lights going out, from Tuesday through to Friday. But, in true Eskom fashion, they even struggled to predict their own blackouts.

Load shedding forecast for Monday 11 March

They are blaming a shortage in general capacity this time. This comes shortly after low levels of water and diesel reserves – plus other generational issues – put South Africa on tenterhooks over the past seven days. The news was compounded by Nersa’s decision to agree to a 22.7% electricity tariff hike by 2022.

In a statement, Eskom said load shedding would only be implemented if absolutely necessary. They’ve managed to hold-off on load shedding recently, but with the grid at breaking point, it’s only a matter of time before these warnings materialise into an actual blackout.

Eskom issue an explanation

“There is a high risk of rotational load shedding today, but it will only be implemented if absolutely necessary. This is a result of a shortage of capacity, due to the loss of generating units at our power stations.”

“We continue to urge businesses and residents to use electricity sparingly during this period. Please switch off all geysers and non-essential appliances to assist in reducing demand.”

Eskom statement
  • You can read their full statement 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.