South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Tuesday, 16 May 2023

South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Tuesday, 16 May 2023 Photos: Stock/Canva

Load shedding for SUNDAY: Here’s the UPDATED schedule

Eskom said load shedding Stage 2 would be implemented on SUNDAY. Here is your UPDATED schedule for the load shedding..

South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Tuesday, 16 May 2023

South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Tuesday, 16 May 2023 Photos: Stock/Canva

Eskom said load shedding 2 is planned on SUNDAY until further notice.


This comes after the power utility said that, courtesy of the diesel recently supplied by PetroSA, load shedding will be reduced to Stage 3 during the night throughout the weekend.

“Courtesy of the diesel supplied by PetroSA this week, Eskom is able to reduce load shedding during the night to Stage 3 (from Stage 4) from 16:00 – 05:00 until Monday morning. Day load shedding will be maintained at Stage 2 during 05:00- 16:00 daily until further notice. Eskom will publish a further update as soon as there are any significant changes.

“The continued implementation of load shedding is mainly due to the high levels of breakdowns and the limited emergency generation reserves.”


Eskom furthermore said since Wednesday afternoon, a generating unit each at Grootvlei, Kendal, and Tutuka power stations have been taken offline for repairs. Four units at Camden Power Station have also been taken offline to repair a water leak on a line that supplies auxiliary cooling water.


A generating unit at Hendrina Power Station was returned to service.

“Three units at Kusile Power Station are offline due to duct (chimney structure) failure late in October and will remain offline for a few months while repairs to the chimney system occur. Unit 1 of Koeberg Nuclear Power Station will continue to generate at a reduced output over the next three weeks as the fuel is ramped down ahead of the refueling and maintenance outage scheduled to commence in December 2022.

“We currently have 6 00 MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 160MW capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.”


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 Here are six tips to mitigate against risks caused by load shedding:

  • Make use of surge protection: Electric surges are one of the biggest causes of damage to equipment during a power outage. Installing a surge protection device can help minimise some damage in unforeseen situations. Have a surge protection device fitted to your electrical distribution board or, alternatively, at the power outlet to the electronic device.
  • Ensure that your alarm system is working and the backup battery is fully functional to provide power to the system in the event of load shedding.
  • Spare torch or headlamp: Keep a torch in your car in case you arrive home at night during a power outage. Most smartphones have built-in torch or torch apps, which come in handy during unexpected power outages.
  • Emergency contact information: Save emergency contact information on your phone, but also keep a paper copy safe and accessible. This should include contacts for emergency services such as the fire department, police, and/or medical services. Also include the contact information of friends and/or family along with insurance information. 
  • Charge your cell phone, laptop, and tablet: Ensure your cellphone, laptop, and tablet devices are fully charged ahead of scheduled blackouts. Be sure to charge them again as soon as possible after the power returns. It’s also a good idea to have an emergency phone charger (like a power bank) close by. This comes in handy during extended power outages. 
  • Gas for cooking and lighting: Get a small LP gas bottle and lamp. It gives good quality lighting for a large area and can also be used for cooking and boiling water. It’s a good idea to keep hot water in a thermal flask so that you can make hot drinks. Also, consider preparing meals beforehand if you know when there’s going to be a scheduled blackout.