Witness Reporter
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3 Jul 2022
23:40

Dark week ahead: Stage 6 load shedding to resume on Monday afternoon

Witness Reporter

Eskom said as the generation capacity shortages persist over the next few weeks, load shedding will continue to be implemented at various stages.

Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 6 load shedding on Monday afternoon, with varying stages of load shedding to be implemented during the week.

The power utility said as the generation capacity shortages persist over the next few weeks, load shedding will continue to be implemented at various stages.

In a statement issued out on Sunday, Eskom cautioned the public that it will still take a few weeks for the power generation system to fully recover to pre-strike levels.

“Depending on several possibilities – including the workforce fully returning to work to conduct much needed repairs to equipment – it is anticipated that load shedding will gradually be lowered to Stage 2 by the weekend. Eskom will communicate and implement any changes as may be necessary,” said Eskom.

The power utility said Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from midnight on Sunday until 5 am on Monday. Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented at 5 am until 4 pm. From 4 pm until 10 pm Stage 6 loads shedding will be implemented, before it is lowered to Stage 4 until midnight.

On Tuesday, Eskom said Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from midnight until 5 am, before increasing to Stage 4 at 5 am until 6 pm. Stage 5 load shedding will be implemented at 4 pm until 10 pm. Load shedding will then be lowered to Stage 4 until midnight.

“We currently have 3 384MW on planned maintenance, while another 18 319MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. 

“Eskom thanks all workers who have reported for duty and who continue to perform diligently under extremely challenging conditions.”

Eskom went on to remind the public that load shedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. All South Africans are urged to continue using electricity sparingly especially during these uncertain times on the power system.