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Eskom implements various load-shedding stages

Last updated on 2022-07-05

Eskom has warned the public that it will take a few weeks for the power system to go back to the way it was before the strike.

The state-owned electricity company said the strike has caused significant damage to the system, and it will take time to repair.

According to Eskom load-shedding will continue to be implemented at various stages as generation capacity shortages persist.

“It might take several weeks for the power generation system to return to its pre-strike state,” said the power utility.

Eskom says it implements load-shedding to prevent a total blackout of the electricity grid.

The stages range from 1 to 6, with stages 5 and 6 being the most severe.

“Depending on several factors, including the workforce fully returning to work to conduct much-needed equipment repairs, it is expected that load-shedding will gradually be reduced to Stage 2 by the weekend,” the state-owned electricity company said.

Stage 4 load-shedding was implemented until midnight on Sunday, then Stage 2 load-shedding was effectively put in place until 5 am on Monday morning.

Stage 4 load shedding was reinstated from 6 a.m. on Monday until 4 p.m.

The power company announced that it will be putting Stage 6 load-shedding in place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., after which it will reduce to Stage 4 at midnight.

Stage 2 load-shedding begins at midnight and ends at 5 am, which will rise to stage 4 from 6 am to 4 pm and then to stage 5 from 4 pm to 10 pm.

On Tuesday Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented from midnight until 5 am and escalated to stage 4 from 6 am to 4 pm and increased to stage 5 from 4 pm to 10 at night.

Eskom said it is currently performing maintenance on 3 364MW of capacity, while another 18 319MW are unavailable due to breakdowns.

“We thank all workers who have reported for duty and who are continuing to work diligently in extremely difficult conditions, Eskom said.

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