Eskom implement stage 6 load-shedding for South Africa

Clay Curtis
December 9, 2019

No time-frames have been forthcoming however, Eskom said that it will provide updates when possible. "This follows a technical problem at Medupi Power Station impacting additional generation supply", the power utility tweeted. Load-shedding is required all day today to cater for further trips and to create the capacity to replenish water reserves for our pumped storage schemes.

What is Stage 6 load shedding?

Black Twitter managed to find the humour in all this with some joking that stage 6 means Eskom staff will personally come to your house and switch off the candle.

That means that Eskom is doubling up our schedules from what we would normally getting during a Stage 3 roll-out. So, the more unplanned breakdowns we have, the more likelihood there is that we will need to move a stage up which is what has happened now.

Eskom explained that the load-shedding schedule will differ from one municipality to the other.

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He added that the situation will be assessed again at 23:00 tonight to see if stage 6 load-shedding can be reduced.

"This is madness. City power is quick to call me to pay my monthly installment but I can't even plan for the upcoming power cuts that sprung onto us at the last damn minute". Eskom also cuts power to customers who receive electricity directly from it. Not in the least.

Loadshedding at Stage 6 is "no cause for alarm as the system is being effectively controlled", Eskom said in a statement.

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