Amidst recent stage 8 load-shedding claims in certain areas, Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa unequivocally refuted these assertions during a media briefing in Pretoria. While acknowledging intensified load shedding in some regions over the past week, Ramokgopa clarified that the country did not reach Stage 8 of rolling power cuts. Eyewitness News reports that despite complaints from residents about prolonged power outages extending beyond the stipulations of Stage 6, the minister stressed, “I want to repeat on record, we were never at Stage 8; we were on Stage 6.” Ramokgopa assured the public that any significant challenges would prompt communication via press conferences, maintaining transparency in line with past practices.
As the nation grapples with the impact of load shedding, Ramokgopa provided insights into the current state of the power grid during the Sunday briefing. While acknowledging the frustration caused by the recent escalation to Stage 6 load shedding, he reassured the public that efforts were underway to address the situation. Rolling power cuts were to be reduced to Stage 4 from Sunday afternoon until Monday morning, offering a reprieve.
Moreover, the minister outlined plans for returning specific units to service, explicitly highlighting Unit 2 and Unit 5 at Kusile. He expressed optimism that their reactivation would decrease the unplanned capacity loss factor, potentially leading to significantly lower load-shedding stages.
In conclusion, Ramokgopa reiterated his commitment to transparent communication, pledging to inform the public of any significant challenges promptly. As the nation navigates the complexities of its power supply, the minister emphasised ongoing efforts to manage and improve the electricity situation.
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