Eskom introduces phase 4 load shedding


Phase 4 load shedding was introduced in the early hours of Friday until further notice.

According to Eskom, phase 4 load shedding was introduced at 02:00 due to two additional generating units that had to be taken out of service for repairs.

“Our teams are working tirelessly to get the generating units back into service. Eskom will communicate further if necessary.”

Phase 3 load shedding was only introduced at 22:00 Thursday evening until further notice and it was announced shortly after 01:00 this morning that there will be a move to phase 4 load shedding.

Eskom announced on Wednesday morning that load shedding on that day between 10:00 and 14:00 had been reduced to phase 1, after which phase 2 kicked in at 14:00 and would last until further notice.

The announcement of indefinite phase 4 load shedding followed after pres. Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Union address in which he announced that the government had set out a “clear plan” to “bring load shedding to an end”.

“We have delivered on our promises to create new capacity through private investments in the network. This already helps to alleviate load shedding. We are confident that the worst is now over and that the end of load shedding is finally within our reach,” said Ramaphosa.

To make sure that the country never experiences a similar crisis again, the power system is being reformed to make it more competitive, sustainable and reliable, he added.