Eskom has announced that stage 3 and stage 4 load shedding will continue to be implemented until Saturday.
Stage 3 load shedding will be implemented between 00h00 and 16h00, escalating to stage 4 between 16h00 and 00h00 every day until Saturday, the group said.
The power utility said that it is currently experiencing breakdowns at its plants totalling 15,492MW, with planned maintenance at 5,076MW.
A further update on load shedding for the weekend will be published on Friday, Eskom said.
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South Africa has been suffering continued blackouts for weeks, with load shedding hitting its worst point at stage 6, followed by a week of stage 5 outages. Energy availability has been its lowest on record, with the estimate for September at 51%.
The country has also hit other records, including the longest streak of load shedding. Analyst estimate that South Africa’s economy is losing between R150 million and R200 million a day due to load shedding.
Eskom recently published its load shedding outlook for the rest of the year, noting that it has to keep unplanned outages below 13,000MW to minimise rolling blackouts.
In a more load shedding-heavy scenario, if outages remain above 14,500MW, stage 2 load shedding will be frequent for the foreseeable future. If the power utility cannot keep outages under 16,000MW, load shedding at higher stages becomes the standard.
For people living in the major metros, load shedding schedules are available here:
For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.
Smartphone users can also download the app EskomSePush to receive push notifications when load shedding is implemented, as well as the times the area you are in will be off.
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