In response to the recent electricity challenges, Eskom has released the latest load-shedding schedule, shedding light on the reasons behind the implementation of stage 6 load-shedding. The power utility explained that the current stage of load-shedding, attributed to hot weather conditions, is a result of increased demand due to a heatwave affecting five provinces in the country. Eskom stated that load-shedding was reduced to stage 4 from noon yesterday until 5 am today, followed by a shift to stage 3 until 4 pm. Subsequently, stage 4 will be implemented until 5 am on Tuesday, with this pattern set to repeat daily until Thursday.
Loadshedding will be reduced to Stage 4 from 12:00 midday until 05:00 on Monday pic.twitter.com/h76tP468pF
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) November 26, 2023
According to Eskom, this strategic approach aims to replenish emergency reserves at power stations, a crucial measure to address the shortage of generating capacity. The abrupt escalation to stage 6 load-shedding on Friday caught the nation off guard, prompting Eskom to clarify that the heatwave-induced spike in demand for air conditioning and fans contributed to the strain on the power grid. Bheki Nxumalo, Eskom’s head of generation, conveyed this information during a media briefing on Friday, highlighting the impact of the prevailing weather conditions on the electricity supply.
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