Load shedding Eskom

Eskom on Monday confirmed that load shedding would be pushed to Stage 6 on Tuesday, 5 September from 05:00 and would continue indefinitely. Photo: Eskom

Weekend blues: Eskom ramps up load shedding to Stage 5

Eskom confirmed on Friday that due to higher demand it has been forced it to push load shedding even higher with immediate effect.

Load shedding Eskom

Eskom on Monday confirmed that load shedding would be pushed to Stage 6 on Tuesday, 5 September from 05:00 and would continue indefinitely. Photo: Eskom

Eskom confirmed on Friday that due to higher demand it has been forced it to push load shedding even higher with immediate effect.

From Friday at 16:00, Stage 5 load shedding is in operation and will continue until midnight.

From midnight until 05:00 on Sunday, Stage 4 will be in operation.

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Load shedding will return to Stage 4 between 05:00 and 16:00 on Sunday, at which point Stage 4 will return until midnight.

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Friday, 21 July

Stage 5: 16:00 – 00:00

Saturday, 22 July

Stage 4: 00:00 – 00:00

Sunday, 23 July

Stage 4: 00:00 – 05:00

Stage 2: 05:00 – 16:00

Stage 4: 16:00 – 00:00

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Eskom pleaded with the public to switch off non-essential appliances – in particular geysers and pool pumps – to reduce the demand, especially between 17:00 and 21:00.

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WHO IS ESKOM?

Eskom is a South African electricity public utility. It was established in 1923 as the Electricity Supply Commission.

The utility is the largest producer of electricity in Africa and was among the top utilities in the world in terms of generation capacity and sales.

It is the largest of South Africa’s state owned enterprises.

WHICH POWER STATIONS DO ESKOM OPERATE?

Eskom operates a number of notable power stations, including Matimba Power Stations and Medupi Power Station in Lephalale, Kusile Power Station in Witbank, Kendal Power Station in Mpumalanga, and Koeberg Nuclear Power Station in the Western Cape, the only nuclear power plant in Africa.

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Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town adjusted its schedule following the Eskom announcement.

From Friday at 16:00, City of Cape Town customers will experience Stage 3 load shedding until midnight, at which point Stage 4 will kick in until 05:00 on Saturday.

The weekend schedule will mirror that of Eskom’s.

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CITY OF CAPE TOWN SCHEDULE

Friday, 21 July
Stage 3: 16:00 – 00:00

Saturday, 22 July
Stage 4: 00:00 – 05:00

Sunday, 23 July
Stage 2: 05:00 – 16:00
Stage 4: 16:00 – 05:00

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FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE MAJOR METROS, LOAD SHEDDING SCHEDULES ARE AVAILABLE BELOW:

 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 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 if 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.