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Eskom implementing Stage 4 load shedding, dismisses rumours of impending national blackout

Mar 21, 2019
Eskom implementing Stage 4 load shedding, dismisses rumours of impending national blackout

Port Elizabeth - Eskom on Wednesday night again reminded residents and businesses that Stage 4 will again be implemented on Human Rights Day on Thursday -  from 09h00 until 23h00.

The power utility implemented Stage 2 from 23h00 on Wednesday night after shifting from Stage 4, which it implemented at 09h00 on Wednesday morning.

"Loadshedding will shift to Stage 2 from 23h00 until 09h00 on Thursday morning. Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented on Thursday, 21 March 2019 from 09h00 to 23h00 due to a shortage of capacity," Eskom posted on its Twitter.


Eskom refutes rumours of an impending total national blackoout

Eskom also said that it had come to its attention that there are messages circulating about an impending total national blackout.

The power utility said it's fake news.


'Eskom maintenance teams working to address load shedding'

It again said that its maintenance teams are working round the clock to return generation units to the electricity system.

Stage 2 calls for 2000MW, Stage 3 calls for 3000MW, and Stage 4 calls for 4000MW to be rotationally loadshed nationally at a given period.

"We appeal to customers to switch off geysers during the day as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand. Remember to treat all electrical points as live during loadshedding," Eskom said.

"Customers are advised to keep checking their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom or their municipal websites. For Eskom customers, these schedules are available on the Eskom website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za). Eskom customers can also contact our customer contact centre at 0860 037 566."

Eskom said it will provide regular updates on the status of the power system through all the media platforms.

"We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience during this difficult period."

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