Eskom changes load-shedding timetable again — here is the updated schedule

Eskom has announced there will be no stage 5 load-shedding tonight. Instead, it will implement stage 4 power cuts between 20:00 on Thursday and 05:00 on Friday.

This is due to further improvements in generation capacity and emergency reserves, the state-owned power utility said.

“The schedule will continue to be implemented as previously communicated,” it said.

Earlier today, Eskom published a more complex load-shedding timetable for the rest of the week and coming weekend than it has generally used.

Rather than a simple alternating schedule, Eskom introduced a third timeslot over the evening peak from 16:00 to 20:00.

This was to help manage its emergency reserves, Eskom said.

“Unplanned outages have reduced to 13,513MW of generating capacity, while the capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 6,596MW,” it said earlier today.

“In the past 24 hours, 800MW capacity was returned to service and approximately 3,700MW of generating capacity is anticipated to return to service by Sunday evening.”

The table below summarises the load-shedding schedule for the next few days, as amended on Thursday evening.

Load-shedding from 30 November 2023 — updated at 18:37
Date Day Daytime (05:00–16:00) Evening peak (16:00–20:00) Late evening and early morning (20:00–05:00)
30 November Thursday Stage 3 (from 10:00) Stage 4 Stage 4
1 December Friday Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
2 December Saturday Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
3 December Sunday Suspended Stage 2 Stage 4 (until midnight)

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