Eskom hikes load-shedding — here is the updated timetable

Eskom has announced that daytime power cuts will increase to stage 5.

The state-owned power utility said this is due to insufficient generation capacity and the need to replenish emergency reserves further.

“Stage 5 load-shedding will be implemented from 05:00 today until 20:00. Thereafter, stage 6 load-shedding will be implemented from 20:00 until 05:00 on Thursday,” it said.

Eskom said this alternating pattern of stage 5 rotational power cuts from 05:00 until 20:00 and stage 6 from 20:00 until 05:00 will repeat daily until Saturday morning.

The abrupt change comes hours after Eskom announced its previous timetable change, when it announced plans to implement an alternating schedule of stage 4 and stage 6 power cuts.

It also comes despite Eskom returning 1,300MW of generation capacity to service in the past 24 hours, including 800MW from Kusile unit 2.

With the return of unit 2, all four units at Kusile power station that can supply electricity are now on stream after the chimney collapse in October last year.

The commissioning and synchronisation of units 5 and 6 at Kusile have been delayed. They are only expected to come online in 2024 and 2025, respectively.

The table below summarises Eskom’s updated load-shedding timetable.

Load-shedding from 29 November 2023
Date Day Daytime (05:00–20:00) Evening peak (20:00–05:00)
29 November Wednesday Stage 5 Stage 6
30 November Thursday Stage 5 Stage 6
1 December Friday Stage 5 Stage 6

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