EXPLAINER: Stage 4 load-shedding and how it affects you

JOHANNESBURG -  Eskom says it is being forced to implement Stage 4 load-shedding.

The power utility released statements saying this is due to generating capacity problems. 

READ: Load-shedding moves to Stage 4

So what is Stage 4 load-shedding and how does it affect you?

  • Stage 4 calls for 4,000 MW to be rotationally cut off nationally at a given period.
  • This means that residents need to be prepared for unscheduled power cuts at any given time without any warning for close to four hours at a time.
  • Your area will be scheduled for load-shedding 12 times over a four-day period for two hours at a time, or 12 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.

Stage 4 load-shedding is the last resort for Eskom to prevent a national blackout.

Infographic: Load-shedding explained

Consumers are urged to check their load-shedding schedules on the municipal or Eskom websites.

The schedule can be found at http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za or by calling Eskom's customer contact centre at 0860 037 566.

Eskom load-shedding graphic

Eskom stage 4 load-shedding graphic.