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Stage 4 loadshedding planned for the weekday evenings 

23rd January 2023 Loadshedding will remain at Stage 4 from 16:00 to 05:00 every day, with Stage 3 implemented from 05:00 to 16:00 during the day until further notice, Eskom announced on Monday. Over the past 24 hours, two generating units at Tutuka Power Station were taken offline for repairs while two units at... 

Eskom, Treasury at odds over diesel funds as loadshedding crisis deepens

17th January 2023 As chronic loadshedding continues indefinitely, a behind-the-scenes dispute has broken out between National Treasury and Eskom over where the money should come from to buy more diesel.  The only immediate way to reduce loadshedding is for Eskom to burn diesel to power its open-cycle gas turbines.... 

Stage 4 and 5 loadshedding expected this week

16th January 2023 Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented at 05:00 to 16:00 from Tuesday, followed by Stage 5 load shedding at 16:00 to 05:00 from Wednesday, Eskom warned. Over the course of this week, 14 generators are expected to return to service, helping to ease the pressure on the power system, the utility... 

Some relief as Eskom reduces loadshedding from Thursday

14th December 2022 Stage 5 load shedding will be reduced to Stage 4 starting from 05:00 on Thursday morning until 05:00 on Sunday morning, Eskom announced on Wednesday evening. It added that Stage 3 load shedding would be implemented on Sunday. "Since Tuesday morning, a unit each at Camden, Kriel, Majuba, Matla and... 

Eskom crisis: Makwana expected to take over from departing De Ruyter

14th December 2022 Mpho Makwana, recently appointed chairperson of the Eskom board, is widely expected to step into André de Ruyter’s role as Eskom group chief executive. In 2009, Makwana - then a non-executive director - acted in that role for seven months after the departure of Jacob Maroga from the top job. He... 

Eskom agitates for 'overthrow of the state' by not dealing with loadshedding – Mantashe

8th December 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has accused Eskom of "actively agitating for the overthrow of the state" as it continues to implement load shedding, which hit Stage 6 this week as power plants suffered breakdowns. At a signing ceremony for 13 new independent power projects on... 

Eskom's desperate scramble to avoid Stage 7

8th December 2022 Eskom on Wednesday evening called off the planned outage of Koeberg unit 1 at the eleventh hour as the utility scrambled to avoid moving to Stage 7 loadshedding. The decision, not yet announced by the utility, was confirmed to News24 by two independent sources who did not want to be named as they... 

Loadshedding jumps to Stage 6

7th December 2022 Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented from midday until further notice, Eskom announced. "This is due to a high number of breakdowns since midnight, as well as the requirement to strictly preserve the remaining emergency generation reserves," the utility said. Eskom has overspent its budget... 

Loadshedding jumps to Stage 4 after more breakdowns

7th December 2022 Stage 4 loadshedding will kick in from 09:00 on Wednesday, Eskom announced.  "Due to further breakdowns and delayed returns of generating units to service, Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented from 09:00 until further notice," spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said.  

Stage 3 continues as Eskom tries to save diesel

6th December 2022 Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented on Tuesday afternoon at 16:00 to 05:00, and on Wednesday afternoon at the same time. Stage 2 loadshedding will continue being implemented at 05:00 to 16:00 daily until further notice. 

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