Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, has implemented Stage 4 blackouts until Monday morning.
That means you won’t have electricity at least three times on Sunday.
The power utility says further breakdowns at power stations necessitated the increase in power cuts.
They’re also to conserve limited diesel stocks and to allow for dam levels in the pumped storage schemes to be replenished.
In a Twitter post seen by Pindula News, Eskom said:
Further breakdowns require the implementation of Stage 4 loadshedding with immediate effect until 05:00 on Monday morning. This is to conserve the limited diesel stocks and to create space to replenish the dam levels in the pumped storage schemes.
The prolonged power crisis in South Africa has had an adverse impact on neighbouring Zimbabwe.
The power utility has a contract to sell electricity to Zimbabwe which is also facing acute power shortages.
South Africa recently announced that it will not be able to supply Zimbabwe with electricity beyond what it is supplying right now as it is also struggling to meet local demand.
This is happening as Zimbabwe was advised by the Zambezi River Authority to shut down its Kariba South Hydro Power Plant to allow water to refill in the Kariba Dam.