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Load Shedding Complicates the Assessment of South Africa Air Quality



Load Shedding Complicates the Assessment of South Africa Air Quality

Eskom Load shedding, a common occurrence in South Africa, has implications that extend beyond power disruptions. One such consequence is the impact on the country’s air quality. This article explores how load shedding obscures the understanding of South Africa’s air quality by examining the relationship between power cuts and environmental factors.

Load Shedding Complicates the Assessment of South Africa Air Quality

Load Shedding and Air Quality:

Increased Generator Use:

During load shedding, many households and businesses rely on backup generators to maintain essential operations. These generators often run on diesel or petrol, emitting pollutants into the atmosphere. This upsurge in generator usage can contribute to deteriorating air quality.

Excessive Use of Solid Fuels:

Load shedding can lead to a higher dependence on solid fuels like coal and wood for heating and cooking. Burning these fuels releases particulate matter and pollutants, further degrading air quality.

Obscured Data:

Monitoring Challenges:

Load shedding can disrupt the operation of air quality monitoring systems. These instruments require a stable power supply to function accurately. Frequent outages may result in data gaps, making it challenging to assess air quality consistently.

Conflicting Information:

Load shedding’s intermittent nature can lead to variations in pollution levels. On days when power is available, emissions might decrease due to reduced industrial activity, giving the illusion of improved air quality. This inconsistency can mislead the public and policymakers.

Public Health Impact:

Respiratory Issues:

Poor air quality resulting from load shedding can have adverse health effects. Increased exposure to air pollutants can exacerbate respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.

Long-term Consequences:

Over time, prolonged exposure to reduced air quality due to load shedding may contribute to chronic health issues in affected communities.

Mitigation Measures:

Transition to Cleaner Energy Sources:

Accelerating the adoption of renewable energy sources and reducing reliance on coal can improve air quality during load shedding events.

Resilient Monitoring Systems:

Enhancing air quality monitoring systems to withstand power disruptions can help maintain a consistent record of air quality data.


Load shedding’s impact on South Africa’s air quality is an often overlooked consequence of the country’s power challenges. Recognizing this connection and taking steps to mitigate its effects can lead to a healthier and more sustainable future for South Africa.


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



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.

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