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There is a low risk of rotational loadshedding during the day but the probability increases for this evening
Wednesday, 15 August 2018: There is a low probability of rotational loadshedding during the day but it increases for the evening peak period from 5pm to 9pm due to the normal expected increase in demand.
 
Eskom will advise if loadshedding will be conducted in either stage 1, stage 2, stage 3 or stage 4, dependent on the capacity shortage. Stage 1 requires 1000MW to be rotationally loadshed nation-wide, stage 2 requires 2000MW, stage 3 requires 3000MW and stage 4 calls for up to 4000MW to be rotationally loadshed nationally at a given period. Loadshedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.
 
We encourage residents and businesses to please use electricity sparingly to ease the demand of electricity. Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand.
 
Customers are advised to keep checking their load shedding schedules on the Eskom or municipal website, and plan on the assumption that load shedding will take place.
 
For Eskom customers, these schedules are available on the Eskom website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za). Eskom customers can also contact our customer contact centre at 0860 037 566.
 
Eskom will provide regular updates on the status of the power system through all the media platforms.
 
Thank you to all South Africans for your co-operation and understanding.
 
ENDS