Stage 5 through 8 load-shedding stages do exist, according to Eskom, but are simply a contingency plan for when it may be needed. This news comes as reports circulated that the power entity was planning to implement additional stages to the current nation-wide blackouts.
Eskom has released a statement on social media to clarify confusion over reports regarding stage 5 to 8 load-shedding.
The power entity referred to a media briefing held yesterday by Minister Pravin Gordhan and Jabu Mabuza, Eskom chairperson:
"During the media briefing today on Eskom load-shedding, a question was asked, 'What will happen beyond stage 4 load-shedding?' The response was that additional stages are in place as a contingency measure to ensure the operability and integrity of the power system (i.e. stages 5 - 8)."
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This, according to Eskom, had simply been an indication that planning had been undertaken to ensure the entity has control of the system should the situation worsen.
The schedule allowed for hospitals and deep-level mines to plan their daily operations around the power cuts according to the statement.
Should stages 5 and 6 be implemented, this would entail 5 000 MW and 6 000 MW respectively being shed.
For residences and businesses, this would mean more frequent power cuts, depending on where you are situated.
For businesses and residential consumers, it means more frequent cuts of the same duration, depending on where you live and who supplies your power.
Fin24 reported yesterday that the government had been planning for stage 5 and 6 load-shedding, claiming that officials were in a race against time to prevent a national blackout and grid collapse.
Briefly.co.za reported recently that there was no definite end in sight for the load-shedding, according to Minister Pravin Gordhan.
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