Eskom has announced plans to reduce power cuts over the Easter weekend! Although stage 4 load-shedding will start at 16:00 on Wednesday, 5 April 2023, it’ll only last until the early hours of Friday, 7 April, after which it’ll drop to stage 1. However, load-shedding will continue into the long weekend and increase to stage 3 at 16:00.
If you’re worried about the holiday period affecting your plans or business, here are some key things you should know:
- Planning over the Easter weekend: The power utility has scheduled up to stage 3 load-shedding throughout the holiday period, with varying stages of load-shedding to be implemented daily until Tuesday next week.
- Generating capacity: Currently, Eskom has an offline generating capacity of 6,400MW due to scheduled maintenance, and 16,644MW offline due to breakdowns. A generating unit has been returned to service at Arnot Power Station, but units at Arnot, Lethabo, Kriel, and Tutuka power stations remain offline for repairs.
- State of disaster: The national state of disaster over electricity has been terminated, effective immediately. The government initially implemented this state of disaster back in February this year to mitigate the impact of load shedding, given the country’s ongoing energy crisis. However, a legal challenge by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) raised concerns over its rationality.
In the face of load-shedding uncertainty, don’t let it pressure you. Make the most of this Easter weekend with your loved ones by planning ahead and keeping abreast of any updates from Eskom.