Phase 4: Cold bites Eskom too


Bitterly cold conditions prevail in large parts of the country – with snow already falling in places – and the increased demand for power forced Eskom to switch to phase 4 load shedding on Monday.

The power supplier says “due to the high demand (for power) and slight drop in generation capacity”, phase 4 will kick in on Monday at 13:00 and at this stage will last until Tuesday at 05:00.

“We are pleading with people to switch off all non-essential appliances to reduce the demand for power.”

Load power was suspended from midnight to 4pm on Sunday due to “continued available generation capacity” and then switched to phase 3.

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said this weekend that the load-shedding problem will be solved much faster than expected. “The date is on the horizon,” he said without giving an exact date.