South Africans will have to endure a week of rolling blackouts – just seven days ahead of the local government elections.
Eskom announced that it will implement stage 4 load shedding from noon on Wednesday until 05:00 on Friday; thereafter Stage 2 load shedding will continue as previously communicated until 05:00 on Saturday.
The ailing power utility initially announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 9am on Tuesday until 5am on Saturday.
It said the power cuts are due to shortages in generation capacity. The current breakdowns in power generation sum up to 13 333 megawatts while planned maintenance is due to take up 5 548MW of capacity.
While Eskom teams have successfully managed to restore a unit at Kusile, Matimba and Arnot power stations in the early hours of Tuesday morning, its efforts to return other units to service are delayed by capacity constraints.
The power utility further urged the public to reduce the consumption of electricity in order to reduce the strain on the power grid.
Meanwhile, City Power has made a U-turn on its announcement that it would not be implementing load shedding.
On Sunday, the Johannesburg municipal power utility refused to go ahead with rolling blackouts. It believed a new deal with a private power station would supply enough additional electricity to shield it from stage 2 load shedding.
It has since announced that it would need to implement load shedding “to save the national grid from total collapse”.
Load shedding schedules:
This will be updated when the municipalities release their revised load shedding schedules for stage 4.
Johannesburg residents can follow City Power on Twitter for the latest information.
City of Tshwane residents can find their load shedding schedule here.
There are new schedules for Ekurhuleni residents, which can be found here.
The City of Cape Town’s Twitter feed is the go-to place for updated load shedding information. You can also visit the load shedding website of the City of Cape Town here. Cape Town’s load shedding stages often differ to the rest of the country’s due to generation capacity from the Steenbras Dam.
Eskom’s Stage 4 load-shedding will be active from 12:00 today until 05:00 on Friday 29 October. Stage 2 will then be active until 05:00 on Saturday 30 October.— City of Cape Town (@CityofCT) October 27, 2021
The City will continue to protect customers as far as possible.
Today: Stage 3 14:00 - 22:00 #CTInfo pic.twitter.com/TYBlHzzhUR