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Stage 2 loadshedding continues over the weekend until Monday
Friday, 31 January 2020: Stage 2 rotational loadshedding is currently being implemented and will continue until 6:00 on Monday. This is due to a shortage of generation capacity and depleted emergency reserves, which were used extensively to supplement capacity over the past few days.
Unplanned outages were at 11 150 MW as at 17:30.  We are monitoring the system closely and we will continue to give periodic updates on the status of the power system as things may change at short notice.
We regret that loadshedding has a negative impact on South Africa and we want to assure the nation that our teams are working hard to minimize the need for loadshedding.  Critical maintenance is being done to units on planned outages as well as some of those on unplanned outages to ensure their timeous return to service.  We will use the weekend to replenish dam levels for pumped storage schemes and diesel for open cycle gas turbines.
To assist us in reducing the stage of loadshedding, we appeal to customers to continue to use electricity sparingly:
  • Use the cold water tap rather than using the geyser every time
  • Only fill kettles with as much water as you need
  • Set air-conditioners’ average temperature at 23ºC
  • Turn off computers, copiers, printers at the switch and avoid standby or sleep mode
  • Switch off the lights and air-conditioners when you leave the office
  • Switch off your geysers over peak periods
  • Set your swimming pool pump cycle to run twice a day, three hours at a time for optimal energy use.
Customers are advised to check their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom ( or municipal websites depending on who supplies them.