Loadshedding information

2019-02-14 06:00

South Africans have been experiencing load shedding since Sunday, which has been labelled as Stage Four, thus causing a lot of anger throughout the nation.

As South Africa’s primary electricity supplier, Eskom’s mandate is to ensure security of supply to service the South African economy and society.

Eskom therefore generates, transports and distributes electricity – and this is managed predominantly by Eskom for the entire country, however, Eskom only directly supplies more than 5 million households which means that most of us are supplied by municipalities.

At all times there must be sufficient supply to meet demand and load shedding is designed to protect the electricity power system from a total blackout or no lights, which is more serious.

In order to deal with the crisis four schedules have been developed based on the possibility of risk and to ensure that load shedding is applied in a fair and equitable manner:

  • Stage 1 allows for up to 1000 MW of the national load to be shed. Stage one requires the least amount of load shedding, 3 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 3 times over an eight day period for four hours at a time
  • Stage 2 allows for up to 2000 MW of the national load to be shed. This means you will be scheduled for load shedding 6 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 6 times over an eight day period for four hours at a time.
  • Stage 3 allows for up to 3000 MW of the national load to be shed. This means you will be scheduled for load shedding 9 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 9 times over an eight day period for four hours at a time.
  • Stage 4 allows for up to 4000 MW of the national load to be shed. This means you will be scheduled for load shedding 12 times over a four day period for two hours at a time.
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