• November 4, 2023 2:25 am

Updated Load Shedding Schedule for the Weekend

Nov 4, 2023
Updated Load Shedding Schedule for the Weekend

Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, has announced adjustments to its load shedding schedule for the upcoming weekend to alleviate the power crisis.

Updated Load Shedding Schedule for the Weekend

Friday, 3 November:

  • Stage 2 load shedding will be in effect until 16:00.
  • Stage 3 load shedding is scheduled from 16:00 to 00:00.

Saturday, 4 November:

  • Stage 3 load shedding continues from 00:00 to 05:00.
  • Stage 1 load shedding is planned from 05:00 to 16:00.
  • Stage 2 load shedding resumes from 16:00 to 00:00.

Sunday, 5 November:

  • Stage 2 load shedding runs from 00:00 to 05:00.
  • Stage 1 load shedding is set for 05:00 to 16:00.
  • Stage 2 load shedding is scheduled from 16:00 to 00:00.

Monday, 6 November:

  • Stage 2 load shedding continues from 00:00 to 05:00.
  • Further stages and times will be determined (TBD).

The power system is currently under significant pressure with increased unplanned outages, exceeding 17,500MW. The delayed return of Koeberg unit 1 has exacerbated this situation. Additionally, planned maintenance accounts for 4,783MW.

Eskom has taken several units offline for repairs, including those at Camden, Majuba, Medupi, and Arnot power stations. However, two units at the Kriel Power Station have been restored.

On a positive note, the evening demand is expected to be around 26,000MW, lower than the 30,000MW observed earlier in the week during colder weather.

Eskom has been relying on lower demand and increased diesel burning to manage load shedding.

Despite nine days without load shedding, the utility had to reintroduce blackouts after this approach proved unsustainable.

For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.

Smartphone users can download the EskomSePush app to receive push notifications regarding load shedding implementation and the times specific areas will be affected.

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