To answer the question you asked rhetorically when you clicked this link – no we are not joking.

Eskom has this afternoon upgraded the load shedding stage to Stage 4 after declaring Stage 2 load shedding earlier this morning.

“Due to continued pressure on the national grid, Eskom will implement Stage 4 load shedding from 13h00 today and is likely to continue until 22h00,” the utility said in a power alert.

Eskom says that since this morning when it declared Stage 2 load shedding it has lost six additional generating units.

Stage 4 load shedding calls for 4000MW to be shed.

Those who are not being load shed are once again urged to use power sparingly.

To find out when your area’s power will go out head to our handy guide to finding your load shedding schedule. Perhaps print a copy out, just in case.