- Eskom has announced that stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented on Thursday
- The embattled power utility stated that the intervention was necessary to prevent the system from collapsing
- South Africans reacted angrily to the news
With the festive season fast approaching, the last thing on South Africans' minds is the thought of being without electricity.
However, Eskom issued a reality check as they confirmed that stage 2 load-shedding would be implemented across the nation.
The embattled power utility stated that it would be applied between 16h00 to 23h00 on Thursday.
According to Fin24, Eskom previously claimed that load-shedding would be averted until March, but were forced to change this strategy.
Eskom's statement indicated that the step was a necessary one to avoid the "total collapse" of the power supply as a whole.
A few days ago, Briefly.co.za reported that load shedding might be implemented as Eskom battles with reliability issues.
Briefly.co.za gauged the response from South Africans as many expressed concern and dissatisfaction with the state of affairs.
Steve Molepo asked,
"Then how are we going to cook? These people don't think."
Thabani Innocent touched on the possible reasons for the crisis:
"Leadership skills, poor maintenance and cadre deployment is a main cause."
Pootie Tang (@Mdudemeister1) shared a comical theory:
"Eskom sits there looking at us having a good time, and just decides to cause isphithiphithi with #loadshedding."
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