Eskom escalates to Stage 3 emergency loadshedding


The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality advised residents on Friday aftertoon that it will implement a Stage 3 emergency loadshedding schedule after Eskom announced that it was escalating its loadshedding to Stage 3 to prevent a national blackout of the electricity power grid.

"With immediate effect, Eskom has implemented Stage 3 emergency loadshedding.  Practically, this means that more than one Group will have to be switched off in each time period,"  said Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality spokesperson, Roland Williams.

"For the remainder of today, the following groups will be shed in the following respective time periods:

  •  Groups 3 + 4    -    14H00 until 16H30
  • Groups 4 + 5    -    16H00 until 18H30
  • Groups 5 + 6    -    18H00 until 20H30
  • Group 6          -    20H00 until 22H30 

Williams said that this serves to comply with the national grid requirements and to prevent a national blackout of the electricity power grid.

"The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will not switch off hospitals and commercial/industrial businesses," he said.

"The schedule that currently appears on the NMBM website is applicable for Stage 2 Loadshedding.

"We are compiling a Stage 3 schedule which will be available by this afternoon."

Friday morning 

Earlier on, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality said it would embark on Stage 2 loadshedding beginning at 11:00am according to its schedule.

"Whilst Eskom has not confirmed loadshedding for Saturday and Sunday, it is highly probable that there will be loadshedding over the weekend," Williams had said.

"As always, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will implement loadshedding in accordance with the schedule which is attached hereto."

Download full schedule HERE.

In a tweet on its official Twitter account, Eskom warned; "Eskom will load shed in Stage 2 tomorrow from 6am to 10pm & Sunday from 8am to 10pm. This includes curtailment of Industrial customers."

See the full Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Group break downs HERE.