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Stage 4 rotational loadshedding will shift to Stage 2 from 23:00 tonight and will continue until 23:00 on Saturday evening
Friday, 06 December 2019: Eskom is currently implementing Stage 4 rotational loadshedding which will shift to stage 2 from 23:00 this evening and will continue until 23:00 on Saturday evening. Loadshedding will be required overnight and all day on Saturday to cater for further trips and to create capacity to replenish water reserves for our pumped storage schemes.
 
The system continues to be tight, with unplanned breakdowns above 12 000MW necessitating the use of diesel and water reserves for open cycle gas turbines and pumped storage schemes respectively. With the incessant rain, we continue to experience coal-handling problems at a number of our power stations as a result of wet coal, which has led to generation units being unable to produce power.
 
We remind customers that loadshedding at Stage 4 is no cause for alarm as the system is being effectively controlled. Loadshedding is a highly controlled process, implemented to protect the system and to prevent a total collapse of the system or a national blackout.
During Stage 4 loadshedding, approximately 80% of the country’s demand is still being met.
 
We continue to ask customers to reduce demand as a concerted collective effort can help to avoid or lessen the level of loadshedding. As we are experiencing rainy and cooler weather conditions in some parts of the country, we ask that you use efficient heating to keep warm and switch off your geysers over peak periods. 
 
We will keep South Africans informed about the status of the electricity system and our recovery efforts throughout this period.
 
Eskom customers can check their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom website (loadshedding.eskom.co.za) or through the customer contact centre on 0860037566.
 
We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience during this difficult period.
 
 
ENDS