It’s the hope that kills you: For a glorious 10-minute period on Wednesday morning, parts of Mzansi felt lifted by the news that Stage 2 load shedding had come to a premature end. But Eskom are getting quite good at crushing our good vibes – they have since confirmed that rolling blackouts remain in place.

Is load shedding still in place on Tuesday? Yes…

It appears that a notification sent by the popular load shedding app “Eskom Se Push” had stated that the enforced power outages had been suspended. However, no official communication was released by Eskom on the matter – they only responded to what they claim is an egregious message, and Stage 2 is still in place until 23:00.

Eskom Se Push latest update

Adding further to the confusion was Eskom Se Push’s own reaction to the news. They posted an update confirming that Stage 2 load shedding was back on immediately after the utility posted their statement. Then, two minutes later, we saw this nonsese happening again:

The apparent glitch has left South Africans feeling rather annoyed. Unless Eskom have decided to become full-time pisstakers by positioning someone at the “on-off switch” for a laugh, there is no way a load shedding schedule would ever be stopped and implemented repeatedly. Supplying power to the grid doesn’t work that way.

By 10:02, Eskom Se Push had rectified their error:

Load shedding schedule on Wednesday 11 December

We’re not surprised ESP have been flapping on Wednesday. They’ve had to work overtime this week, as South Africa swung wildly between load shedding stages. They were hilariously caught-out on Monday, when Stage 6 was implemented. Usually, the app features information about each schedule of our power cuts. But with Stage 6 being an unprecedented move at the time, Eskom Se Push were left with nothing to say.

To confirm:

  • Load shedding IS in place.
  • It’s Stage 2 until 23:00.
  • Eskom Se Push’s latest update – confirming the blackouts – is correct.
  • The app have blamed their glitch on a “speed wobble”. That’ll clear the confusion…

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Presh JM Reporter

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