Eskom load shedding

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Breaking: Stage 1 load shedding “highly likely” for Tuesday afternoon

For the sixth consecutive working day, we got a stark warning about load shedding. Now Eskom are convinced the lights are going off this afternoon.

Eskom load shedding

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Well, at least they’ve issued their warnings well in advance this time. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe confirmed that the utility is preparing for Stage 1 load shedding on Tuesday afternoon, from 16:00 – 23:00

It marks the sixth consecutive working day that the power firm has left us on edge with their warnings. On all previous occasions over the past week, the forecast has not materialised into a full-blown load shedding schedule. But of course, things soon change with Eskom.

Eskom explain their reasons

Phasiwe didn’t offer a detailed explanation as to why the lights are likely to go off later in the day. We’ve been told that generational shortages have been the main culprit for the warnings we’ve had so far. However, Eskom’s representative would only reveal the system “is constrained”.

“The power system is currently constrained, with a high risk of load shedding. Customers are urged to switch off all non-essential appliances in an effort to reduce pressure on the national grid. We’ll continue to provide regular updates through various media platforms.”

Khulu Phasiwe

On Monday, Eskom were proud of themselves after managing to do the bare minimum by keeping the grid switched on. Some residents of Tshwane thought they’d been hit by the blackouts, but their late-night power cut was the result of a separate issue with Brakfontein Substation.

  • You can read their updated statement on load shedding for Tuesday 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.