JOHANNESBURG - Stage 4 load shedding is officially a reality for South Africans.
Introduced for the first time ever in February this yeat, it made a come back in March, lasting for an even longer period.
Eskom will need to shed more than 4,000MW to keep the national grid from collapsing.
What this means is the state-owned power utility starts additional, unscheduled power cuts wherever it needs to and outside of its schedules.
This also means your area can be hit by blackouts at any time without any warning. The country hasn’t reached this stage since 2008.
Stage four will double the frequency of stage two, which means you 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 four load shedding is the final option for Eskom to prevent a national blackout.
For load-shedding schedules affecting the City of Johannesburg, you can visit www.citypower.co.za, or call 086 056 2874, or follow them on Twitter @CityPowerJhb.
For load-shedding schedules affecting the City of Tshwane, you can visit www.tshwane.gov.za, 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 www.capetown.gov.za, or call 0860 103 089, or follow them on Twitter @CityofCT.
For load-shedding schedules affecting the City of eThekwini, you can visit www.durban.gov.za, or call 080 13 13 111, or follow them on Twitter @eThekwiniM.
If you live in the Mangaung Metro Municipality, you can visit www.mangaung.co.za, or call 0800 111 300. You can also visit www.centlec.co.za or call 086 007 6937.
Check your area's load shedding schedule here.
View a load shedding data map on Cape Town here.
This article first appeared on EWN : What stage 4 load shedding means for you