Eskom implements Stage 1 load shedding on Thursday

APRIL 16, 2015

Eskom has announced Stage 1 load shedding on Thursday - following days of Stage 2 and Stage 3 load shedding this week.

"Eskom regrets to announce that Stage 1 load shedding will resume from 06:00 to 22:00 today," the power utility said in the morning.

The power utility on Wednesday said; "Eskom assures customers that load shedding is implemented to protect the power system. We will only load shed what is required in Stage 3."

Meanwhile, on Wednesday afternoon, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said Eskom’s implementation of stage three load shedding yesterday is not an indication South Africa is close to a blackout.

Brown this afternoon held a briefing on the state of the country’s electricity grid.

“It is expected that the situation could continue throughout winter, when consumption of course is higher, as the constraints on the grid means planned, controlled and rotational load shedding and load curtailment are introduced to protect the power system.”

She says while she understands the consequences of power cuts on business and productivity in general, she wants to assure the public that government and Eskom are working tirelessly to ensure there is an adequate electricity supply.

Brown says “balancing the grid” will help Eskom avoid a situation where it’s forced to implement stage four load shedding.

 NMBM Stage 1 and 2