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Stage 4load shedding will be implemented this morning- Photo: Flickr

OH NO! Loadshedding continues this week – here’s your schedule

Loadshedding is back yet again for the next two days as Eskom power stations lose generation unit service in the last 24 hours.

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Stage 4load shedding will be implemented this morning- Photo: Flickr

Eskom’s forecast of possible loadshedding on Wednesday and Thursday has been confirmed as Stage 2 power cuts will continue.


The power utility implemented Stage 2 loadshedding on Tuesday and had predicted a high possibility of this continuing on Wednesday and Thursday.

Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha has confirmed that Stage 2 loadshedding will continue for the next two days.

“Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented between 16h00 and 24h00 this [Wednesday] evening. Due to the shortage of generation capacity, loadshedding will be implemented during the same time on Thursday afternoon,” Mantshantsha.

Sikonathi Mantshantsha

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The continuation of the blackouts is due to generation units breaking down at several power stations.

A generation unit has broken down at each Duvha, Kendal and Kriel power stations in the last 24 hours.

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Delays in returning the units to service at Arnot, Kusile and Tutuka power stations continue to put a severe strain on the power generation system.

“While a generation unit each at Kriel, Majuba and Tutuka power stations are expected to return to service over the next 24 hours, this will still be insufficient to stave off loadshedding for Thursday afternoon.”

The power utility currently has 4 550MW on planned maintenance. Another 14 637MW of capacity is unavailable due to the breakdowns.

Eskom has lost generation unit service at various power stations which caused loadshedding this week. PHOTO: Flickr

“We, therefore, urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly. Eskom will promptly communicate should any significant changes occur.”

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For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on

The cold front sweeping across the country is a contributor to power blackouts. Mantshantsha says the increased demand for power during the cold weather constraints the capacity.