Eskom load shedding fake news

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Eskom warns of “possible load shedding” for Thursday 28 February

You’ll need to be on standby for Thursday, by the looks of things. Eskom have tentatively warned that load shedding could make a return later on.

Eskom load shedding fake news

Photo: Flickr / Milan Slanev

Well, we had a good run. Two weeks after the lights had gone out previously, Eskom returned with a grim warning for Thursday: There’s a very real chance that load shedding could take place at some point over the course of the day.

Chances of load shedding on Thursday 28 February

The tentative advisory was Tweeted by the company late on Wednesday evening. They remain coy as of Thursday morning, with no updates provided since. It’s not unusual for Eskom to announce a load shedding schedule in the middle of the day – nor do they mind upgrading the stages, either.

Earlier this month, South Africa went from Stage 2 load shedding to Stage 4 within the space of an afternoon. It was the first time this level of cuts had been reached.

Stage 4 allows for up to 4000 MW of the national load to be shed. It’s double the frequency of Stage 2, so you will be scheduled for load shedding 12 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 12 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time. South Africans are advised to switch off all plug sockets during power cuts.

Why are Eskom worried?

However, there’s been no word on what stage could come back into play for Thursday. It’s all a case of if, buts and maybes at the moment. Eskom described their power system as “tight”, meaning that they are once again struggling to operate at full capacity.

They are relying on the grid holding out over the next 24 hours, but advise that “losing another unit” would increase the chances of blackouts being implemented.

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.