Eskom ramps up load shedding – here’s the schedule

 ·7 Dec 2023

Power utility Eskom says that it pushed load shedding to stage 4 on Thursday (7 December), escalating outages at short notice.

Stage 4 load shedding was put into effect from 16h00 on Thursday, which the group said would continue until 05h00 on Friday.

Stage 3 load shedding will kick in thereafter and continue until 16h00.

Eskom is expected to outline the weekend load shedding schedule later in the day.

Thursday, 7 December

  • Stage 4: 16h00 to 00h00

Friday, 8 December

  • Stage 4: 00h00 to 05h00
  • Stage 3: 05h00 to 16h00
  • Stage TBD: 16h00 onward

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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