Eskom, South Africa’s national power utility, has announced the need for scheduled power cuts, known as load-shedding, to facilitate the replenishment of pump storage dams. This decision aims to address the energy supply challenges faced by the country. Below, we provide a breakdown of Eskom’s load-shedding plan.
Eskom Announces Load-Shedding Until Sunday
Eskom has outlined a load-shedding schedule, specifying different stages and durations of power cuts:
- Currently until 05:00 Tomorrow (Stage 2): As of the current moment, South Africa is experiencing Stage 2 load-shedding, indicating a substantial reduction in electricity supply. This stage will continue until 05:00 the following day.
- 05:00 Tomorrow until 05:00 on Sunday (Stage 1): Starting at 05:00 tomorrow, the power utility will transition to Stage 1 load-shedding, which involves a relatively lower reduction in electricity supply. This stage will persist until 05:00 on Sunday.
- Sunday 05:00 – 16:00: No Load-Shedding: On Sunday, from 05:00 to 16:00, Eskom has announced a temporary suspension of load-shedding. During this period, electricity supply will be stable without any scheduled interruptions.
- Sunday 16:00 – Monday 05:00 (Stage 1): Following the suspension, Eskom will resume load-shedding at Stage 1 from 16:00 on Sunday until 05:00 on Monday. This stage involves a modest reduction in electricity supply.
Updates and Future Outlook
Eskom has committed to providing updates as significant changes occur in the load-shedding situation. Additionally, a load-shedding outlook for the upcoming week will be published on Sunday.
This load-shedding schedule and the efforts to replenish pump storage dams are part of Eskom’s ongoing measures to manage South Africa’s electricity supply and demand effectively. Load-shedding remains a critical tool in addressing energy shortages in the country.
Eskom’s decision to implement load-shedding for pump storage dam replenishment underscores the ongoing challenges faced by South Africa’s energy sector.
It reflects the utility’s commitment to balancing electricity supply and demand while ensuring the reliability and stability of the power grid. Residents and businesses in South Africa should stay informed about the load-shedding schedule and any updates provided by Eskom