Embattled Eskom to implement Stage 4 load shedding today.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Eskom has announced that stage 4 load shedding will be implemented on Monday (19 April), due to further breakdowns.
In a statement, the power utility said that stage 4 load shedding would be implemented from 07h20 after Majuba Unit 5 and Tutuka Unit 4 tripped. Eskom did not give an indication as to how long the extended outages will last. A statement will be published at a later date.
Eskom had previously announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented until 05h00 on Wednesday (20 April).
For people living in the major metros, load shedding schedules are available here:
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Ekurhuleni
- City of Tshwane
- City of Cape Town (PDF)
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City
For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.
Smartphone users can also download the app EskomSePush to receive push notifications when load shedding is implemented, as well as the times the area you are in will be off.
Meanwhile the City of Cape Town has launched a new load shedding app where users can get real-time information on load shedding in their area, log electricity service requests, and information for city customers on where they can buy prepaid electricity.
The move comes as the city plans to move away from load shedding on a permanent basis, says city mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.
"As we work to end blackouts over time in Cape Town, load shedding schedules for city customers are likely to become more complex, with different stages at different times of the day.
"Our app will allow residents to access the most accurate information about load shedding, allowing them to plan their lives We want Capetonians to experience the minimum amount of inconvenience from Eskom's generation failures while we work to make load-shedding a thing of the past."
Hill-Lewis added that the app will keep customers updated with the city’s load shedding schedule by adding their area or suburb via a map, their current location, or by searching the search box, he said.
Customers view their area’s load-shedding status and timetables, use the app to log service requests with the city or find vendors selling prepaid electricity. It allows customers or users to see which area is currently being load-shed, and which area is next.