load shedding State of Disaster

The ongoing load shedding crisis has been declared a National State of Disaster. Images: Stock/Twitter/@eskom_sa.

Load shedding for THURSDAY: Here’s the UPDATED schedule

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

load shedding State of Disaster

The ongoing load shedding crisis has been declared a National State of Disaster. Images: Stock/Twitter/@eskom_sa.

Eskom said Stage 2 load shedding would be implemented at 05:00 – 16:00 on THURSDAY, and Stage 3 load shedding would be implemented from 16:00 – 05:00 on Thursday evening.


The power utility earlier this week said a generating unit at Duvha, Kriel, and Tutuka power stations has been taken offline since Sunday morning for repairs, while the delay in returning to service a unit each at the Duvha and Majuba power stations has contributed to the delays.

A generating unit each at Grootvlei, Hendrina, Majuba, Matla, and Medupi power stations was returned to service.

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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.