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Load shedding update: Now jellyfish-free, Eskom downgrade to Stage 3

Although South Africans have been stung by load shedding this week, it looks like Eskom can “sea” some light at the end of the darkened tunnel.

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We’ve had a lot of daft excuses for load shedding over the years – with the “wet coal” fiasco still firmly planted in our minds from December. But we reckon “jellyfish in the water filter” is the best of the lot. Eskom have confirmed that they have reduced the severity of power outages down to Stage 3 on Friday.

Stage 3 load shedding implemented on Friday

This comes after multiple issues were reported at the Koeberg power plant. The Western Cape based facility tripped earlier this week after a “build-up” of various marine life – including jellyfish – closed one of the main pumps. With this fishy issue (a fish-ue, we’ll be calling it) cleared up, South Africa gets some brief respite:

Blame the jellyfish

Eskom issued a statement earlier in the day, confirming why they could now lighten the burden on us all:

“The circulating cooling water system pump that tripped was due to low level in the suction pit as a result of the drum filter that was clogged by an acute ingress of marine life – including jellyfish

“The excess marine life and debris has been cleared off the drum filter and it is back in service. The level in the suction pit has sufficiently recovered and the circulating water system pump has been put back in service and no anomalies have been noted. Upon inspection, it was found that the pump had not been damaged as initially feared.”

Eskom statement

How to check Load shedding schedule where I am

To find out if, or indeed when, your area or suburb will be impacted by load shedding, you first need to know whether your supply of electricity comes directly from Eskom or from the municipality. Let’s deal with Eskom-direct supplied areas first.

Eskom’s load shedding portal provides up to date details on the current stage of load shedding, the propensity for further rotational cuts, and an area search for direct consumers. It’s an easy to use search function, which although not always 100% accurate, at least provides a rough estimate of what to expect, and when.

To check your daily load shedding schedule, go to and type either your suburb/village/area into the quick search field. If your electricity is supplied through the municipality, you need to refer to this table and contact the relative authorities – either via the web or phone.