Eskom extends phase 4 load shedding to Sunday – here’s the final schedule


Electricity company Eskom says phase 4 load shedding will be extended until Sunday after more power plant failures.

Failure of a generating unit at the Kriel, Majuba and Tutuka power plants in the past 24 hours has necessitated the continuation of phase 4 load shedding.

Stage 4 load shedding continues through Sunday (September 18) at 5:00 AM.

After that, load shedding will be performed in phase 3 until Monday 05:00 am.

“On Sunday, Eskom will provide the outlook for the cargo unloading phases for the coming week as the teams work around the clock to get the units back in service,” it said.

“While some production units are expected to return to service next week, it is necessary to extend load shedding to replenish emergency generation reserves, which have been depleted by heavy use to limit the amount of load shedding over the past two weeks. .”

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The group said it has 7,210 MW of planned maintenance, while an additional 15,319 MW of capacity is unavailable due to outages.

Speaking to the media on Monday (Sept. 12), Eskom Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer said the Eskom grid is extremely vulnerable to outages and any load shedding schedules could be changed at short notice.

The COO said Eskom plans to ramp up maintenance in the coming summer months, which could lead to sporadic load shedding. He added that maintenance remains a big problem for the group as it is not seeing the expected results.

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He said that once some units are put back into service after maintenance, they will break down again shortly after. He attributed the maintenance issues to a lack of the proper skills and experience needed to address the issues.

The group recently released its load shedding outlook for the rest of the year, noting that it needs to keep unplanned outages below 13,000 MW to minimize ongoing power outages.

In a more heavily loaded scenario, if the outage remains above 14,500 MW, phase 2 load shedding will be frequent in the near future. If the utility cannot keep the outage below 16,000 MW, load shedding in higher phases will become the standard.

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For people who live in the major subways, tax shedding schedules are available here:

For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made these available on

Smartphone users can also download the EskomSePush app to receive push notifications when load shedding is deployed, as well as the times the area you are in is off.

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