Eskom introduces Stage 6 loadshedding: Mzansi is not impressed

Eskom introduces Stage 6 loadshedding: Mzansi is not impressed

- Power utility, Eskom, announced that it will be implementing Stage 6 loadshedding as of Monday evening

- This means that the load shedding will be up to 6000 MW, the power utility has lost more than 40 percent of its generating capacity

- Mzansi was not happy with the news, with some questioning how they are going to manage the day with 4 to 5 power cuts per day

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Power utility, Eskom, dropped a bomb on Mzansi on Monday evening, introducing Stage 6 loadshedding.

“We regret and sincerely apologise that stage 4 loadshedding will move to Stage 6 loadshedding as from 6pm today, as a result of a shortage of capacity. This follows a technical problem at Medupi Power Station impacting additional generation supply.”

To date, Eskom has only implemented load shedding up to Stage 4. The power utility explained that Stage 6 load shedding means shedding 6000 MW, indicating that it has lost more than 40 percent of its generating capacity.

But what this means for businesses and residential consumers is more frequent cuts of the same duration, depending on the area in which you live and who supplies your power.

According to Fin24, Eskom announced last year that it would be expanding its load shedding plan to 8 stages, allowing for up to 8000 MW to be shed from the national grid. But they maintained to keep the load shed to four stages thus far with only 4000 MW of the national load being shed.

At the time, Eskom spokesperson, Dikatso Mothae told the publication that new schedule was “nothing to panic about” and that the risk of stages 5 to 8 being implemented was very low.

How Mzansi is affected by loadshedding

Eskom implements the loadshedding, municipalities cut power to “blocks” according to a published schedule. Eskom will also cut power to customers who receive electricity directly from them. As the loadshedding stages increases, so does the frequency of the rotational power cuts. So, Stage 8 will double the power cut frequency of Stage 4.

Eskom and most municipalities have already developed load shedding schedules to cater for stages 1 to 8. However not all metros and municipalities have published these as yet.

An updated load shedding schedule from eThekwini indicates that some areas could experience load shedding for as much as 4-5 times a day.

Here are some of the reactions from Mzansi:

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