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Eskom invites the anger of South Africa with Stage 4 load shedding

Dec 6, 2019
Eskom invites the anger of South Africa with Stage 4 load shedding

Port Elizabeth - South Africans took to social media on Friday to express their anger following news that power utility, Eskom, would implement Stage 4 load shedding from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning. Eskom had earlier on said that it would implement Stage 2 load shedding over the same period.

On Thursday, Eskom announced; ” Eskom regrets that Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 to 23:00 today due to a shortage of capacity. “

It was the forced to continue rotational loadshedding until 05:00 on Friday morning. Before resuming loadshedding at 9am.

For some time, Eskom had not posted anything about this impending Stage 4 load shedding on its Twitter page. It often uses Twitter to send out notifications to the public. It eventually did:


On Friday, at lunch time - 'Stage 4' was trending on Twitter.

Many wondered how the country's power supply had gone to this extent.





Eskom has reportedly said this is due to unplanned breakdowns and low water levels at its pumped storage schemes among other issues.

The power utility says load shedding is part of efforts to protect its power system from a total collapse.

So what is Stage 4 load-shedding?

  • Stage 4 calls for 4,000 MW to be rotationally cut off nationally at a given period.
  • This means that residents need to be prepared for unscheduled power cuts at any given time without any warning for close to four hours at a time.
  • Your area will be scheduled for load-shedding 12 times over a four-day period for two hours at a time, or 12 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.
  • Stage 4 load-shedding is the last resort for Eskom to prevent a national blackout.

Here are tips on how to be safe on the road during Eskom loadshedding. You are also advised to check your security system before the lights go out.

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