STAGE 6 IS BACK … until further notice
South Africa’s rolling black outs went from bad to worse on Friday night when Eskom announced Stage 6 load shedding.
This means you will be without power for 12 hours in a 24 hours cycle.
Lived experience in townships and rural parts of the country shows communities making do without power for days.
Since the beginning of the year, Eskom load shedding has been fluctuating between Stage 2 and Stage 4.
Many small businesses including restaurants have contingency plans to survive two or three hours without power.
Stage 6 is the devil in the country’s energy shortage as it immediately costs the economy over R1 billion a day.
The collapse of Eskom’s aging coal-fired plants came just hours after President Cyril Ramaphosa assured the nation that the worst is over.
“Through all these actions, we are confident that the worst is behind us and the end of load shedding is finally within reach. But we are not stopping there to ensure we are not facing a similar crisis ever again,” said Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation Address on Thursday night.
Hours later, Eskom resumed Stage 3 load shedding.
At midnight on Friday, boom Stage 6.
“In spite of returning two generating units to service over the last 24 hours, two generating units were also taken offline.
“This combined with the need to replenish the pumped storage dams in preparation for the week ahead, necessitated the implementation of Stage 6 loadshedding from midnight until further notice,” the power utility said in a statement.
Eskom said its “teams are working diligently to return the generation units back online”.
With elections just a few months away, the latest development is expected to return load shedding back to the center of the national discourse.
Pictured Above: Minister of electricity Kgosientsho Ramokgopa at Kusile Power Station