MUST READ: Eskom Load Shedding Schedules Explained

By | March 17, 2019

Eskom Load Shedding Schedules

Eskom generates approximately 95% of the electricity used in South Africa.

According to Eskom, load-shedding is “done countrywide as a controlled option to respond to unplanned events to protect the electricity power system from a total blackout.

Below is a detailed list and explanation of the load shedding schedules made available by Eskom.

Please Read Everything to understand Eskom’s load shedding timetable and when you will be affected.

Loading Shedding Explained in detail

Load-shedding will be used under emergency conditions for limited periods.

Four schedules have been developed based on the possibility of risk and to ensure that load-shedding is applied in a fair and equitable manner:

  • Stage 1 allows for up to 1000 MW of the national load to be shed.
  • Stage 2 allows for up to 2000 MW of the national load to be shed.
  • Stage 3 allows for up to 3000 MW of the national load to be shed.
  • Stage 4 allows for up to 4000 MW of the national load to be shed.

Load-shedding will be implemented in most instances in 2-hour blocks.

  • However, in Eskom-supplied Johannesburg areas, blocks are 4 hours long. This is to coincide with City Power’s 4-hour schedule.

Each of the time periods has an additional 30 minutes added to allow for switching of networks in a way that will not damage the power system.

  • Most customers (those in 2-hour blocks) may, therefore, be without electricity for up to 2.5 hours at a time, while customers in 4-hour blocks may be without electricity for up to 4.5 hours at a time.

Eskom will begin load-shedding customers at the start of the period (for example from 06:00) and will have all scheduled customers switched off within the first half hour (that is, by 06:30)

At the end of the period, after the two / four hours (that is, by 08:00 or 10:00 as applicable), Eskom will start returning power to customers and should have them all back within half an hour (that is, by 08:30 or 10:30).

The frequency of load-shedding increases as higher Stages are used

  • Stage 1 requires the least amount of load-shedding, 3 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 3 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.
  • Stage 2 will double the frequency of Stage 1, which means you will be scheduled for load-shedding 6 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 6 times over an eight day period for four hours at a time Stage 3 will increase the frequency of Stage 2 by 50%, which means you will be scheduled for load shedding 9 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 9 times over an eight day period for four hours at a time.
  • Stage 4 will double the frequency of Stage 2, which means you will be scheduled for load-shedding 12 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 12 times over an eight day period for four hours at a time.

If more load needs to be shed than has been scheduled in Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 then National Control will instruct additional, unscheduled load shedding. This means you may be shed outside of your scheduled times.

If your municipality is an Eskom customer, you can look your schedule up on the Eskom website by typing in your area’s name.

  • For load-shedding schedules affecting the City of Johannesburg, you can visit www.citypower.co.za, or call 086 056 2874.
  • For load-shedding schedules affecting the City of Tshwane, you can visit www.tshwane.gov.za, or call (012) 358-2111/(012) 427-2111
  • For load-shedding schedules affecting the City of eThekwini, you can visit www.durban.gov.za, or call 080 13 13 111
  • If you live in the Mangaung Metro Municipality, you can visit www.mangaung.co.za, or call 0800 111 300. You can also visit www.centlec.co.za or call 086 007 6937.

Additional power stations and major power lines are being built to meet rising electricity demand in South Africa.

Eskom will continue to focus on improving and strengthening its core business of electricity generation, transmission, trading and distribution.

Information provided by Eskom