Eskom announces Stage 4 load shedding for today

Elias Hubbard
December 9, 2019

"In addition, with the incessant rains, we are beginning to experience flooding at some power stations, which have further led to load losses and has impacted supply as the rainy weather persists".

A week of persistent heavy rainfall in the province has caused an increased number of unplanned breakdowns at the cash-strapped power utility.

Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will continue throughout Saturday, expected to end at 23h00.

Stage-6 power cuts mean Eskom is shedding a massive 6GW of electricity from its national grid.

"We now have to move to stage 4", she said.

"Even beyond these schedules, the system operator will reduce demand in a manner that is controlled", the post read.

No time-frames have been forthcoming however, Eskom said that it will provide updates when possible.

Stage 6 load shedding schedules are available on the Eskom website. However, since load shedding is rotational, people were caught off guard because the current gazetted schedule only goes up to stage 5.

"Regrettably, as a result we have been unable to conserve water and diesel as required to stop or to minimise load shedding for the coming week".

While some municipalities opted for increasing the duration of cutting the power to a neighbourhood, others prefer to increase the frequency rather than the duration.

South Africa's flagging economy could face a second recession in as many years due to a new wave of nationwide power cuts.

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