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Eskom Extends Load Shedding Break: New Schedule Revealed

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Eskom Extends Load Shedding Break: New Schedule Revealed

Eskom, the power utility company, has announced a temporary suspension of day-time load shedding and the implementation of stage 2 load shedding during the evenings. This arrangement is set to continue until Wednesday, October 4th, 2023.

Eskom Extends Load Shedding Break: New Schedule Revealed

Reason for Suspension

Eskom cites improved generation capacity and lower-than-anticipated electricity demand as the reasons for the temporary suspension of load shedding. The current breakdowns in generation capacity stand at an improved 12,983MW, while the evening peak electricity demand is forecasted to reach 28,382MW.

Load Shedding Schedule

Monday, 2 October:

  • Suspended: Until 16:00
  • Stage 2: 16:00 to 00:00

Tuesday, 3 October:

  • Stage 2: 00:00 to 05:00
  • Suspended: 05:00 to 16:00
  • Stage 2: 16:00 to 00:00

Wednesday, 4 October:

  • Stage 2: 00:00 to 05:00
  • Suspended: 05:00 to To Be Announced (TBA)

Early Return of Kusile Unit 3

This extended suspension of load shedding is made possible by the early return of Kusile Power Station Unit 3, which came back online two months ahead of its planned return date. Once fully operational, this unit will contribute an additional 800MW to the national grid, helping to alleviate pressure on the power supply.

Positive Outlook

Eskom’s current outages are also below the target set for its forward-looking forecast, which aims to keep outages at or below 14,500MW. If Eskom can maintain this level, there is a better chance of keeping load shedding at stage 4 in the coming months, even as electricity demand increases.

Accessing Load Shedding Schedules

For residents in major metropolitan areas, load shedding schedules are available on their respective municipal websites:

  • City of Johannesburg
  • City of Ekurhuleni
  • City of Tshwane
  • City of Cape Town (PDF)
  • Nelson Mandela Bay
  • eThekwini
  • Mangaung
  • Buffalo City

For access to load shedding schedules in other areas, Eskom has made them available on their website: loadshedding.eskom.co.za. Smartphone users can also download the Eskom SePush app to receive push notifications about load shedding schedules and times for their specific areas.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

For Further Notice Visit Official Site 

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