Daytime Load Shedding Resurfaces for the Week: Get the Latest Schedule

Eskom Reinstates Daytime Load Shedding

Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, has announced that load shedding will make an unwelcome return during daytime hours for the rest of the week, citing delays in reinstating units into service that have constrained available capacity.

Until 16h00 on Wednesday, Eskom will enforce stage 2 load shedding, before escalating to stage 3 that will last till midnight.

Nightly Suspensions and Daily Fluctuations

The company plans to suspend load shedding overnight. However, as of 05h00, stage 1 will be in effect and continue until 16h00 when the load shedding will climb to stage 3.

This load shedding pattern is anticipated to continue until the weekend.

Load Shedding Schedule

Wednesday, 28 June

  • Stage 2: until 16h00
  • Stage 3: 16h00 to 00h00

Thursday, 29 June

  • Suspended: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Stage 1: 05h00 until 16h00
  • Stage 3: 16h00 to 00h00

Friday, 30 June

  • Suspended: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Stage 1: 05h00 until 16h00
  • Stage 3: 16h00 to 00h00

Breaking Down the Breakdowns

As of now, breakdowns are accounting for 16,356MW of generating capacity. Meanwhile, generating capacity offline for scheduled maintenance sits at 3,023MW.

Over the previous day, generating units at the Duvha, Grootvlei, and Majuba power stations were reinstated. However, one generating unit each at the Kriel and Majuba power stations had to be taken offline due to malfunctions.

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Adding to the current capacity constraints are delays in resuming service of a generating unit each at the Grootvlei, Hendrina, and Tutuka power stations.

A Shift from the Norm

This marks the first time in three weeks that daytime load shedding has been reinstated during a working week. Until now, Eskom has managed to limit load shedding to evening peak times from Monday to Friday.

Despite Eskom’s success in enhancing generation performance and reducing unplanned outages, this unexpected shift serves as a stark reminder of the persistent strain on the grid and the potential for rapid changes in the situation.

Energy experts caution South Africans against complacency, and Eskom continues to urge households to practice prudent energy usage.