Load shedding returned with a vengeance to South Africa last week, with rolling blackouts affecting South Africans all across the country.
Industrial action and “acts of sabotage” have been blamed for triggering the electricity crisis, as Eskom look to step up their efforts to restore power nationwide.
But how long are we all buckled in for this ride? And how do we know when it’s going to happen? Here’s what you need to know.
Yes, Eskom already confirmed this.
#POWER_ALERT 1 : Date, 18 June 2018
There is a low probability of rotational loadshedding during the day but the possibility increases for the evening period from 5pm to 9pm https://t.co/8TlJuiZQ0g
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) June 18, 2018
Eskom predicted on Monday that the intermittent power outages could last for “another ten days”. The utility issued a warning stating that there is a “low probability” that load shedding could take place during the day, but the chances of experiencing a blackout will be a lot higher between 17:00 – 21:00.
In their statement, the energy firm clarified their reasoning:
“The estimated ten-day prognosis for full restoration is due to the effects of the industrial action which interrupted continuous processes at the power plants. These processes have now to be cleared out and restarted which would take additional time.”
That has been the theme of the last few days. Eskom attempted to conduct all load shedding – which is yet to rise above the relatively mild “Stage 1” indicator – after work hours. Good news for business, but not for World Cup enthusiasts.
There are a few steps to this: First, you have to see if you’re electricity is provided by Eskom or by a municipality. Chances are, if you live in rural areas, you’re Eskom reliant. If you’re a city dweller, you get the municipal supply.
Still unsure? Visit www.loadshedding.eskom.co.za and enter your address into their search bar. If it doesn’t come up, that means you are on a municipality grid. If you are powered by Eskom, the aforementioned website will tell you if your property will be affected by load shedding. For the rest of us, follow these sites:
You will be able to find up-to-date schedules that tell you when load shedding may occur, as well as explaining which stage Eskom are operating on.