South Africans Frustrated as Eskom Announces Stage 3 Loadshedding

South Africans Frustrated as Eskom Announces Stage 3 Loadshedding

- Power utility Eskom has announced the implementation of Stage 3 load-shedding

- South Africans have expressed immense frustration by the announcement and implementation being so close together

- 'Stage 3' is now at the number one trending spot on social networking site Twitter

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Eskom announced that Stage 3 load-shedding will be implemented from 1pm on Wednesday, 10 January until 6am, Thursday 11 January. Stage 2 load-shedding was implemented on Monday and lasted until Tuesday morning.

The shock of load-shedding Stage 3 being implemented today has angered many South Africans who have now taken to Twitter to share their frustrations. Some are blaming the government while others are taking off with Eskom themselves.

Tweets have been flooding in since the announcement of Stage 3 making the words 'Stage 3' take the number one trending spot over.

Eskom, Stage 3, reactions

Stage 3 load-shedding has frustrated SAns across the country who were taken aback by the announcement and early implementation. Image: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP
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Take a look at Eskom's tweet below:

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@yaboi_kryp2o wrote:

"In 2015 Cyril Ramaphosa said he'd end load-shedding in 18 months. It's now 2021 and we're in stage 3."

@LuluMyakayaka said:

"I think stage 3 started last night in Midrand. Yoh man I hate the sheds."

@nat_maroof asked:

"Why do some areas get load shedding 3 times a day in stage 3 and some only 1? 'Nicer area' privilege or what?"

RealMagMoh added:

"Why don’t they implement #Loadshedding tomorrow during #SONA2021 ‘cause whether we watch or don’t, there’s nothing we’re going to benefit out of it."

Earlier, reported that Eskom warned that load-shedding may continue for a while. he power utility admitted that the power system remains 'unpredictable', warning that there is a high possibility that the outages will continue:

"The outlook for the power system is unpredictable and there is a high probability of load shedding continuing on Thursday. Eskom will continue to assess and communicate promptly as the situation changes."
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The state-owned entity explained that the Lethabo, Kendal and Duvha power stations had each lost a generation unit due to repairs, adding to the 'high' number of breakdowns and units that have 'failed to return to service as planned'.

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