Eskom has announced that it will suspend load shedding from 12h00 to 17h00 today (Friday, 4 June) to allow Parliament to pass various appropriation bills.
This follows a request from Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Lechesa Tsenoli, the embattled power utility said in a statement.
“Passing these bills is essential to keeping government operating, as without the relevant appropriations, there will be no funding for key state functions such as hospitals, law enforcement and other essential services,” Eskom explained.
It added that the suspension of load shedding is made possible by large, industrial users agreeing to reduce their consumption during this period “to support the country.”
Load shedding to resume until Sunday
“Eskom will also be required to utilise some emergency reserves during these period, thereby depleting some of the gains made over the past few days,” the utility added.
However, this means that stage 2 load shedding will resume at 17h00 on Friday and continue until 22h00 on Sunday, 6 June 2021. It was initially scheduled to end at 22h00 on Friday.
Eskom has implemented load shedding for much of this week as it battles generating unit breakdowns and an increase in demand caused by the onset of winter.
“I apologise to the nation for the hardship that we continue to inflict as a result of load shedding, but bear with us – we are working on this,” he said.
Eskom stage 2 load shedding schedule
South Africans living in metros can check their Eskom stage 2 load shedding schedule by visiting their metro websites below:
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Ekurhuleni
- City of Tshwane
- City of Cape Town (PDF)
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City
Eskom has also made load shedding schedules available on its website, which can be found at loadshedding.eskom.co.za.