Eskom has announced that it will increase load shedding to stage 4 from 14h00 until 22h00 on Wednesday (9 June).
In a statement just after midday, the embattled power utility said it will revert to stage 2 load shedding afterwards until 22h00 on Sunday (13 June).
It cited additional breakdowns of a unit at Medupi and two units at Duvha power stations, as well as high winter demand, for the increase.
“This is in order to ration the remaining emergency generation reserves, which have been depleted. These emergency reserves are required to respond to further emergencies in order to maintain the stability of the national grid,” Eskom said.
South Africa has experienced load shedding for the better part of two weeks as Eskom battles generating unit breakdowns. A cold spell across the country has also increased electricity demand.
Economists have warned that electricity cuts could hamper South Africa’s economic recovery, which appears to have gathered momentum with a better-than-expected 4.6 percent GDP growth in the first quarter of 2021.
Speaking during an interview with talk radio 702 on Thursday, CEO André de Ruyter apologised to South Africans for load shedding.
“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.
Where to check Eskom load shedding schedule
South Africans living in metros can check their Eskom 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.