Eskom introduces Stage 4 load shedding

APRIL 17, 2015

You could soon experience Eskom's first-ever stage 4 load shedding, after the power utility confirmed that the stage allocation would be altered.

The current stages of load shedding are stage 1, when 1 000 MW is cut from the grid; stage 2, when 2 000 MW is cut from the grid; and stage 3, when about 4 000 MW is cut from the grid.

However, Eskom has seldom told customers that stage 3 actually has two levels, 3a (3 000 MW) and 3b (4 000 MW).
 
"So we are planning to change stage 3 to up to 3 000 MW, and stage 4 will then be up to 4 000 MW," an Eskom spokesperson told Fin24 on Friday.
 
"The exact date has not yet been confirmed. But it will be in the near future."
The new stages will be:
  • Stage 1: 1 000MW
  • Stage 2: 2 000MW
  • Stage 3: 3 000MW
  • Stage 4: 4 000MW