The bad news has doubled, from 2,000MW you can kiss goodbye to 4,000MW.

Eskom has declared that the rotational load shedding it first revealed South Africans of yesterday, and which they said this morning would take place from 9am until 10pm, has now shifted from Stage 2 to Stage 4. This means 4,000MW will be shed, doubled what was initially expected.

Eskom declared on Monday morning that stage 2 rotational load shedding would continue today from 9am until 10pm, after the dreaded shed returned with a vengeance again yesterday afternoon.

According to the struggling power utility, this had been “as a result of a shortage of capacity”. Eskom also said they needed to “replenish and preserve emergency water and diesel resources to limit load shedding possibility or magnitude thereof in the following week”, said a statement from the parastatal.

On Monday they said they were still experiencing the problem of generating units tripping, which was hampering power output. 2,000MW would, therefore, need to be shed to protect the power system from total collapse.

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said there had been plant breakdowns.

The embattled utility has again appealed to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly and switch off geysers as well as “all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand”.

Full schedules are available here.

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Municipality information
For load-shedding schedules affecting the City of Johannesburg, you can visit, or call 086 056 2874, or follow them on Twitter @CityPowerJhb
For load-shedding schedules affecting the City of Tshwane, you can visit, or call (012) 358-2111 / (012) 427-2111, or follow them on Twitter @CityTshwane
For load-shedding schedules affecting the City of Cape Town, you can visit or this page, or call 0860 103 089, or follow them on Twitter @CityofCT
For load shedding schedules affecting the City of eThekwini, you can visit, or call 080 13 13 111, or follow them on Twitter @eThekwiniM
If you live in the Mangaung Metro Municipality, you can visit, or call 0800 111 300. You can also visit or call 086 007 6937.