In an eleventh-hour decision, Eskom has declared the implementation of Stage 3 load shedding. This abrupt power reduction measure is set to take effect from 4 pm on Friday and will persist until 5 am on Saturday.
Eskom Enforces Stage 3 Load Shedding Starting at 4 PM
The situation remains critical as, starting at 5 am on Saturday, Eskom will transition between Stage 1 and Stage 2 load shedding, and this pattern is poised to endure until further notice.
Eskom spokesperson Daphne Mokwena has assured that the power utility will maintain close surveillance of the power system and promptly communicate any alterations to the load shedding timetable should they become necessary.
Currently, unplanned outages have reached a worrisome level of 17,507 MW, exacerbated by the deferred return to service of Koeberg Unit 1.
Additionally, 4,783 MW of generating capacity remains out of service due to planned maintenance. The situation remains dynamic and uncertain, calling for vigilant oversight.