South Africans will continue to suffer under the burden of load shedding as Eskom struggles to complete its critical maintenance program. After a particularly grim week of rotational cuts, made more frustrating by Eskom’s scheduling blunders and backtracks, load shedding, which was due to be terminated at 6:00 this morning, will continue until Friday. Worse still, is the high probability of power outages this coming weekend.
At the end of January, Eskom’s new CEO, Andre de Ruyter, who has been tasked with turning things around at the embattled power utility, announced that the likelihood of load shedding was likely to increase over the next 18 months.
Speaking at the recent Mining Indaba, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, revealed plans to create a separate energy supplier that would alleviate pressure on Eskom. De Ruyter said that Mantashe’s announcement came as a “surprise”.
How to check your load shedding schedules
Eskom’s load shedding portal provides up-to-date details on the current stage of load shedding, the propensity for further rotational cuts, and an area search for direct consumers. It’s an easy-to-use search function, which, although not always 100% accurate, at least provides a rough estimate of what to expect and when.
To find out if, or when, your area or suburb will be impacted by load shedding, you first need to know whether your supply of electricity comes directly from Eskom or from the municipality. To check your daily load shedding schedule, go onto ‘loadshedding.eskom.co.za‘ and type your suburb/village/area in the quick-search field.
You can also call Eskom’s customer contact center at 0860 037 566. If your electricity is supplied via the municipality, you need to refer to the table in this article and contact the relative authorities – either via the internet or phone.