South Africa Faces Stage 6 Load Shedding for the First Time in 2024

A New Peak in Power Cuts

Eskom has escalated its load shedding measures to stage 6, an unprecedented move for 2024, starting Saturday. This announcement came after a late-night alert on Friday, February 9, indicating a challenging power situation.

Critical Updates:

  • Generating Unit Woes: Despite the return of two units to service, another two were taken offline, disrupting the balance.
  • Storage Dam Concerns: The need to replenish pumped storage dams for the upcoming week has forced Eskom’s hand to implement stage 6.
  • Indefinite Duration: Stage 6 load shedding will persist from Saturday, with changes to be communicated promptly.

Historical Context:

  • First for 2024: This level of load shedding hasn’t been seen since the end of November 2023, marking a significant spike.
  • Against Expectations: The escalation contradicts Eskom’s intentions to cap load shedding at stage 4 and contrasts sharply with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s optimistic outlook on ending load shedding shared during his State of the Nation Address.

Eskom’s sudden move to stage 6 load shedding underscores the ongoing volatility in South Africa’s power supply and challenges the assurance that an end to load shedding is near.

Accessing Load Shedding Schedules

We are pleased to inform you that accessing load shedding schedules tailored to your specific area is now simplified, thanks to

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How to Access the Schedule:

  1. Visit Load shedding Schedule.
  2. Enter your suburb name to view the schedule for upcoming days.

If you’re uncertain about your suburb’s name, kindly refer to Eskom’s Loadshedding Site for assistance.

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