Eskom announces all-day Stage 4 load-shedding

Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 4 load-shedding at 14:00 on Monday, 27 November 2023, until 05:00 on Saturday, 2 December.

The power utility said it needs to increase rotational power cuts to manage the higher-than-anticipated demand and its emergency reserves.

“Due to the increasing demand combined with insufficient generating capacity and the need to manage the emergency reserves, Stage 4 load-shedding will be implemented from 14:00 today until 05:00 on Saturday,” it said.

Eskom said it would announce any changes to the load-shedding schedule should they be required.

The power utility currently has 6,820MW of generation capacity offline for planned maintenance, with a further 15,424MW unavailable due to breakdowns.

These figures total 22,244MW of unavailable generation capacity, and the power utility has forecast a peak evening demand of over 28,000MW.

“In the last 24 hours, 500MW of generating capacity was taken offline whilst in the same period 600MW were returned to service,” it said.

“Approximately 1 300MW of generating capacity is anticipated to return to service by Tuesday evening.”

On Sunday, 26 November 2023, Eskom announced the load-shedding schedule for the week, which included Stage 4 power cuts.

However, it only planned to increase load-shedding from Stage 3 to Stage 4 from 16:00 until 05:00 the next day.

Before that, South Africa was in continuous Stage 6 load-shedding from noon on Friday, 24 November 2023.

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