May 16, 2022

Stage 2 load shedding hits on Saturday night – with another week of blackouts likely ahead

Energy utility Eskom has introduced that it’ll implement stage 2 load shedding Saturday night, following the loss of producing capability on its community.

Load shedding will hit from 17h00 till 22h00.

Load shedding has been applied between 17h00 and 22h00 every single day this week, with losses on the grid going as excessive as 16,000MW on account of breakdowns. Whereas producing capability was slowly returning to operation on Friday, it was not sufficient to keep away from load shedding totally.

The group misplaced 5 producing items on Saturday, with a delay within the return of 650MW in deliberate upkeep to the grid. It’s at the moment experiencing 17,810MW in breakdowns.

Eskom warned that load shedding in the identical time slots will likely be applied within the coming week if producing capability doesn’t enhance.

“Load shedding is likely to be repeated at the same time throughout the coming week if the capacity shortages persist. Eskom will continue to closely monitor the system and communicate any changes as may be necessary.”

Eskom mentioned the onset of winter has seen elevated demand and this can result in capability constraints all through this era, notably throughout the night and morning peaks.

“Unfortunately, this would generally require the implementation of load shedding during the evening peaks,” it mentioned.

Eskom urged all South Africans to proceed utilizing electrical energy sparingly, particularly between 05h00 and 09h00 within the mornings and 16h00 and 22h00 within the evenings.


For individuals dwelling within the main metros, load shedding schedules can be found right here:

For entry to different load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them out there on

Smartphone customers also can obtain the app EskomSePush to obtain push notifications when load shedding is applied, in addition to the instances the realm you’re in might be off.