Eskom said Stage 4 load shedding is planned for SUNDAY and will continue until further notice.
HERE IS YOUR UPDATED LOAD SHEDDING SCHEDULE
The power utility warned that changes in the stages of load shedding would be more erratic.
It said on Friday morning, the sudden implementation of Stage 4 load shedding was a result of breakdowns amounting to 17 056MW of generation capacity, low pumped storage dam levels, and a lack of diesel.
Eskom earlier this week said a generating unit at Duvha, Kriel, and Tutuka power stations have been taken offline since Sunday morning for repairs, while the delay in returning to service a unit each at the Duvha and Majuba power stations has contributed to the delays.
A generating unit each at Grootvlei, Hendrina, Majuba, Matla, and Medupi power stations was returned to service.
HERE ARE YOUR UPDATED SCHEDULES:
FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE MAJOR METROS, LOAD SHEDDING SCHEDULES ARE AVAILABLE BELOW:
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Ekurhuleni
- City of Tshwane
- City of Cape Town (PDF)
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City
Here are six tips to mitigate against risks caused by load shedding:
- Make use of surge protection: Electric surges are one of the biggest causes of damage to equipment during a power outage. Installing a surge protection device can help minimise some damage in unforeseen situations. Have a surge protection device fitted to your electrical distribution board or, alternatively, at the power outlet to the electronic device.
- Ensure that your alarm system is working and the backup battery is fully functional to provide power to the system in the event of load shedding.
- Spare torch or headlamp: Keep a torch in your car in case you arrive home at night during a power outage. Most smartphones have built-in torch or torch apps, which come in handy during unexpected power outages.
- Emergency contact information: Save emergency contact information on your phone, but also keep a paper copy safe and accessible. This should include contacts for emergency services such as the fire department, police, and/or medical services. Also include the contact information of friends and/or family along with insurance information.
- Charge your cell phone, laptop, and tablet: Ensure your cellphone, laptop, and tablet devices are fully charged ahead of scheduled blackouts. Be sure to charge them again as soon as possible after the power returns. It’s also a good idea to have an emergency phone charger (like a power bank) close by. This comes in handy during extended power outages.
- Gas for cooking and lighting: Get a small LP gas bottle and lamp. It gives good quality lighting for a large area and can also be used for cooking and boiling water. It’s a good idea to keep hot water in a thermal flask so that you can make hot drinks. Also, consider preparing meals beforehand if you know when there’s going to be a scheduled blackout.