South Africa Braces for Weekend Load Shedding Schedule

  • Eskom's Weekend Load Shedding Plan: Eskom announced a revised three-stage load shedding plan for the weekend, aiming to minimize power disruptions but still affecting various stages throughout the day and night.
  • Challenges and Outage Updates: Unplanned outages have significantly reduced generating capacity, causing Eskom to implement measures to boost reserves and manage high demand. The power utility expects partial restoration of capacity but faces ongoing challenges with shortages and plant performance.
  • Information for Affected Residents: The article provides a detailed breakdown of load shedding schedules for major South African metros and encourages the use of EskomSePush app for real-time notifications regarding load shedding implementation in specific areas.
Weekend Load Shedding

Eskom unveils weekend load shedding stages, dimming the start of December for South Africans. Today’s de-escalation prompts a revised three-stage plan: stage 3 (05h00-16h00), stage 4 (16h00-20h00), and stage 5 (20h00-05h00).

From Thursday (30 November) to Saturday (2 December), the schedule persists, aiming to halt load shedding on Sunday. Sunday’s stages shift: evening at stage 2, escalating to stage 4 overnight.

Here’s the detailed weekend agenda:

Thursday, 30 November

  • Stage 3 until 16h00
  • Stage 4: 16h00 to 00h00

Friday, 1 December

  • Stage 4: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Stage 3: 05h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 4: 16h00 to 20h00
  • Stage 5: 20h00 to 00h00

Saturday, 2 December

  • Stage 5: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Stage 3: 05h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 4: 16h00 to 20h00
  • Stage 5: 20h00 to 00h00

Sunday, 3 December

  • Stage 5: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Suspension: 05h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 2: 16h00 to 20h00
  • Stage 4: 20h00 to 00h00

Presently, unplanned outages slash generating capacity to 13,513MW, with 6,596MW in planned maintenance. Eskom expects a return of 3,700MW by Sunday, having already restored 800MW in the last day.

The recent relief from load shedding counteracts a tumultuous week marked by stage 6 power cuts due to drained reserves. Analysis reveals reliance on pumped storage and diesel shortages, coupled with soaring demand and persistent outages.

Eskom eyes a peak demand forecast of 28,128MW for evening hours, surpassing recent 26,000MW peaks.

For urban residents, load shedding schedules are available for major metros like Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Cape Town (PDF), Nelson Mandela Bay, eThekwini, Manguang, and Buffalo City. Access other schedules on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.

Smartphone users can opt for the EskomSePush app, offering push notifications on load shedding and area-specific outage timings.

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