Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented on Monday, 18 March from 09h00 to 23h00. On Tuesday 19 March up to Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented.
Over the weekend, Eskom implemented Stage 4 loadshedding due to a loss in capacity, which included 900MW imports from Mozambique. “At this stage, it appears unlikely that the imports from Mozambique will be restored in the next few days, which we can now confirm was affected by the cyclone,” explained Eskom
Eskom also experienced a further decline in water reserves for its pumped storage facilities, which was being used to supplement generation capacity. The management of diesel and water resources is essential to ensure that the impact of the potential stage of loadshedding in the week ahead can be reduced. Read more: Eskom establishes turnaround plan to address challenges
“We remind customers that loadshedding at Stage 4 is no cause for alarm as the system is being effectively controlled. Loadshedding is a highly controlled process, implemented to protect the system and to prevent a total collapse of the system or a national blackout. During Stage 4 loadshedding, approximately 80% of the country’s demand is still being met,” the utility said n a media statement.
Loadshedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.
Customers are advised to keep checking their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom and their municipal website. For Eskom customers, these schedules are available on the Eskom website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za). Eskom customers can also contact our customer contact centre at 0860 037 566.
Eskom will provide regular updates on the status of the power system through all the media platforms.
"We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience during this difficult period."