Stage Two Load Shedding From 6pm Tonight (see schedules)

APRIL 16, 2015

Eskom has announced that it will be escalating Stage 1 load shedding that was implemented on Thursday morning to Stage 2 from 6pm.

"Eskom will move from stage 1 to stage 2 load shedding at 18h00 until 22h00 tonight," the power utility tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday afternoon, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said Eskom’s implementation of stage three load shedding this week is not an indication South Africa is close to a blackout.

Brown this afternoon held a briefing on the state of the country’s electricity grid.

“It is expected that the situation could continue throughout winter, when consumption of course is higher, as the constraints on the grid means planned, controlled and rotational load shedding and load curtailment are introduced to protect the power system.”

She says while she understands the consequences of power cuts on business and productivity in general, she wants to assure the public that government and Eskom are working tirelessly to ensure there is an adequate electricity supply.

Brown says “balancing the grid” will help Eskom avoid a situation where it’s forced to implement stage four load shedding.

 NMBM Stage 1 and 2