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2023-12-09 8:47 AM

South Africa Braces for Weekend Reprieve from Load Shedding

  • Eskom, South Africa's primary power utility, plans a potential temporary suspension of load shedding over the upcoming weekend to alleviate electricity supply strains.
  • The utility outlines a provisional schedule, indicating stages of load shedding from Friday to Monday, with variations in stages expected during this period.
  • Challenges in the power system, including unplanned outages and scheduled maintenance, highlight the unpredictability of the situation, urging citizens to stay informed and adaptable amidst potential adjustments to the load shedding schedule.
By Miriam Matoma

As South Africa braces for another weekend marked by electricity supply uncertainties, Eskom, the country’s primary power utility, has outlined its plans to potentially suspend load shedding temporarily. The utility anticipates a slight reprieve in power cuts over the approaching weekend, aiming to alleviate the strain on consumers, especially in major metropolitan areas.

Acknowledging the ongoing concerns regarding the consistent disruptions to the power supply, Eskom has disclosed its provisional schedule, indicating the stages of load shedding expected from Friday through Monday. The utility intends to implement a sequence of load shedding stages, with fluctuations anticipated throughout the specified period.

According to Eskom’s announced schedule:

Friday, 8 December

  • Stage 3 load shedding to persist until Saturday morning.
  • Transition to Stage 2 for the day on Saturday.
  • Return to Stage 3 load shedding in the evening on Saturday.

Sunday, 10 December

  • Brief suspension of load shedding between 05h00 and 16h00.
  • Resumption of Stage 3 load shedding in the evening.

Monday, 11 December

  • Stage 3 load shedding from 00h00 to 16h00.
  • Escalation to Stage 4 load shedding from 16h00 to 00h00.

However, Eskom has cautioned that the expected reprieve on Sunday is provisional, with the likelihood of a return to higher stages looming for Monday. This forecast remains contingent upon the stability of the power grid and the management of the current electricity generation constraints.

Eskom officials highlighted the challenges confronting the power system, citing unplanned outages amounting to 13,461MW, including delays in restoring a generating unit at the Hendrina Power Station. Additionally, scheduled maintenance has rendered 7,321MW of capacity out of service, exacerbating the strain on the already constrained grid.

Despite Eskom’s intentions to restore approximately 2,100MW of generating capacity by Monday morning, the utility stresses the unpredictability of the situation, emphasizing the potential for sudden alterations to the load shedding schedule. South Africans are advised to remain vigilant and expect further adjustments as the situation unfolds.

To assist citizens in managing the effects of load shedding, Eskom has provided access to schedules tailored for different municipalities. These schedules can be accessed through various channels, including municipal websites and the Eskom website’s dedicated section for load shedding schedules. Notably, smartphone users can download the EskomSePush app to receive real-time notifications regarding the implementation and duration of load shedding in their respective areas.

The persistent challenges in the power supply underscore the necessity for consumers to remain adaptable and informed about potential changes in the load shedding schedule. With Eskom’s commitment to closely monitoring the power system and promptly communicating any alterations, staying updated via official channels becomes crucial for all South Africans affected by these disruptions.

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Miriam Matoma

Miriam is a freelance writer, she covers economics and government news for Rateweb. You can contact her on: Email: Twitter: @MatomaMiriam