South Africans will no longer be getting a reprieve from stage 6 load shedding as Eskom has announced that this will continue at least until Friday, 1 July 2022.
The power utility has said that due to strike action at its power stations, stage 6 load shedding will be implemented from 14:00 on Thursday until midnight. This will be followed by stage 4 from midnight until 05:00 on Friday.
“From 05:00 until 00:00 on Friday loadshedding will be implemented at Stage 6. A minimum of Stage 4 will be required continuously over the weekend. Eskom continues to evaluate the situation and closely monitor the system. We will communicate and implement any changes as may be necessary,” said Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.
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ESKOM: ‘THE STAGE OF LOAD SHEDDING MAY HAVE TO CHANGE’
Eskom has further said that high levels of staff absenteeism and intimidation of working employees in some of the power stations is still rife, which makes it hard to conduct routine maintenance and other operational requirements, which will further impact the reliability of generation units.
“Due to the unlawful and unprotected strike, which has caused widespread disruption to Eskom’s power plants, Eskom is still unable to return some generators to service. Eskom is compelled to take this unprecedented step to conserve emergency generation capacity to safeguard the power system. There remains a risk that the stage of loadshedding may have to change at any time, depending on the state of the plant”Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha
Eskom has been struggling to keep the lights on these past few days, particularly due to industrial action that workers at its power stations had embarked on, which forced the parastatal to ramp up the rolling blackouts to stage 6. But now with wage talks having resumed between unions and Eskom, the situation has improved for the better.