Eskom confirmed that we can pack the candles and power banks away for now, but don't get too excited yet: The risk of load shedding remains; the system is "constrained and vulnerable".
Eskom said in a statement that it does not expect to implement load shedding over the weekend since the power system "has sufficiently improved". But don't get too comfortable.
Weekend load shedding update
Even though no load shedding is expected over the weekend, Eskom warns that the system remains vulnerable and constrained.
"Eskom is pleased to inform the public that no load shedding is expected for this weekend due to lower demand and the improvement in the available generation capacity".
That said, Eskom adds that "the system remains constrained and vulnerable". In other words, don't pack your load shedding kit away just yet and continue to use electricity sparingly, please.
"Should there be any significant breakdowns, load shedding may have to be implemented at short notice. Eskom will continue to communicate should there be any further changes".
Where to find updates
Back in 2019, the power utility issued a notice "to correct fictitious and misleading information", and asked that South Africans stop the spread of fake news pertaining to load shedding.
One way to prevent the spread of misinformation is to only follow Eskom's official social media accounts as there are several parody accounts that spread false information.
Eskom's official social media accounts
- Facebook: Eskom Hld SOC Ltd[*]LinkedIn Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd
Unplanned outages for Friday, 11 September 2020
Eskom explained that unplanned breakdowns "amount to 8 947 MW of capacity; with approximately 6 620 MW currently out on planned maintenance. However, Eskom assures the public that they're working hard behind the scenes.
"Eskom teams are working around the clock to return as many of these generation units to service as soon as possible. […] Please continue to use electricity sparingly in order to assist Eskom to stave off the implementation of load shedding".
In addition to the above, Eskom also had to implement load reduction in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Free State and Mpumalanga. This was done to "avoid overloading the network and damage to infrastructure in high-density areas".
How to check your schedule
If your supply of electricity comes directly from Eskom or from the municipality, we suggest using Eskom's portal. It provides up to date details on the current stage of load shedding.
If your electricity is supplied via the municipality, you need to refer to this table and contact the relevant authorities – either via the web or phone.