Eskom to ease load shedding this weekend – here’s the new schedule

 ·8 Dec 2023

Power utility Eskom says that it hopes to suspend load shedding this weekend, with outages expected to ease on the approach to Sunday.

The group said that stage 3 load shedding will continue on Friday (8 December) until Saturday morning, thereafter it will be downgraded to stage 2 for the day.

In the evening, stage 3 laod shedding will return.

On Sunday, Eskom said that load shedding will be suspended between 05h00 and 16h00, with stage 3 returning in the evening.

It expects stage 4 load shedding to return on Monday.

Friday, 8 December

  • Stage 3: until 00h00

Saturday, 9 December

  • Stage 3: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Stage 2: 05h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 3: 16h00 to 00h00

Sunday, 10 December

  • Stage 3: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Suspended: 05h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 3: 16h00 to 00h00

Monday, 11 December

  • Stage 3: 00h00 to 16h00
  • Stage 4: 16h00 to 00h00

Notably, a load shedding suspension was also planned for last weekend; however, this never materialised and the schedule was rapidly adjusted to meet deteriorating generation amid tapped reserves.

Eskom said it will closely monitor the power system and communicate any changes to load shedding should it be required.

Unplanned outages are currently at 13,461MW of generating capacity, including delays in returning
a generating unit to service at Hendrina Power Station.

The capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 7,321MW.

Approximately 2,100MW of generating capacity is anticipated to return to service by Monday morning.

Given the sudden changes made to load shedding schedules over the past few weeks, South Africans should expect more changes as they happen.


For people living in the major metros, load shedding schedules are available here:

For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on

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.

Read: Massive shift for load shedding in South Africa

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