Eskom implemented Stage 3 load-shedding at 02:00 on Sunday, 4 February 2024.
It attributed the higher load-shedding to its need to replenish emergency reserves, and Stage 3 will remain in effect until further notice.
“Due to the need to further replenish emergency reserves in preparation for the week ahead, Stage 3 load-shedding will be implemented from 02:00 on Sunday until further notice,” Eskom said in a statement on WhatsApp.
It said it would continue to monitor the system closely and communicate any significant changes should they occur.
The announcement marks an increase from all-day Stage 2 load-shedding, which has been in effect since 05:00 on Saturday, 3 February.
In a statement on Friday, 2 February, Eskom said it could reduce load-shedding from all-day Stage 3 to all-day Stage 2 due to lower anticipated demand over the weekend.
“Due to the anticipated lower weekend electricity demand and the need to replenish emergency reserves in preparation for the week ahead, load-shedding will be reduced to Stage 2 from 05:00 on Saturday until further notice,” it said.
Before that, South African residents experienced a rotation of Stage 2 load-shedding during the day and Stage 3 overnight after five generation units were taken offline.