- Eskom announced the return of loadshedding through their social media today, 5 February
- Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from midday on Friday until the evening of Sunday, 7 February
- South Africans have expressed their frustrations regarding loadshedding and the return of alcohol
Eskom has announced that Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 12pm today, 5 February until the evening of Sunday, 7 February. #Loadshedding is now trending on Twitter as SAns discuss the power outages.
South Africans seem to be focusing on booze being back but now the lights will be out. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday that the sale of alcohol is now permitted from Monday to Thursday from retail outlets.
On-site consumption of alcohol is also permitted throughout the week from 10am to 10pm with the curfew moved to 11pm. Many Saffas are frustrated that they may not be able to celebrate the return of alcohol due to loadshedding.
Take a look at Eskom's tweet below:
Below are just a few of the responses to the news:
"Weird how #loadshedding only kicks in when the alcohol ban gets lifted. You know we can drink in the dark, right?"
"The president brings back alcohol and then, boom, power cuts again. Circles. They are always trying to distract us in different ways just to cover up political matters. The ANC has failed and everyone can see that..no need for all these unnecessary distractions. #Loadshedding"
"You guys wanted alcohol back mos, obviously there is going to be a strain on the grid, Tops has to switch on its fridges again #Loadshedding."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Eskom predicted that a high chance of loadshedding will be here to stay for months. Chris Yelland, an energy analyst, revealed Eskom's power predictions which show a high chance of loadshedding.
"The @Eskom_SA three-month forecast on its website shows that the risk of loadshedding is code RED for every week for next 3 months."
Here are some reactions from Twitter users to Yelland's analysis:
"But they will blame the tax paying public for overuse as opposed to blaming themselves for underproduction."
"It's crazy. They need you to buy every watt they can produce but South African's have become more energy-efficient, screwing them when they have supplied."
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