By: Natasha Archary
South Africans have had to accept their fate, dealing with the worst year of loadshedding yet, as Eskom announced Stage 3 will commence this week.
This after implementing loadshedding off and on since February 2022, with May being the worst hit month.
Loadshedding was scheduled from 03 May, with Eskom moving in between stages like it’s musical chairs this weekend.
Last week, the power utility pushed the country into darkness from 17h00 to 22h00 every evening and the outlook for this week does not look any better.
With Stage 2 taking effect on Sunday, Eskom has announced that Stage 3 will kick in from 17h00 to 22h00 on Monday, 16 and Tuesday 17 May.
Blaming further generation capacity losses on breakdowns at its Tutuka, Camden and Majuba power stations, Eskom continues to give taxpayers excuse after excuse, downplaying it’s inability to keep the lights on.
Last week, the Head of Generation at Eskom, Phillip Dukashe jumped ship amid mounting failures at Eskom.
Faith in Public Entrerprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is also wearing thin. Allegations that both him and Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter want to push for the privatisation of Eskom have gained momentum.
South Africans have grown complacent about loadshedding and have just been putting up with the incessant blackouts.
Andre de Ruyter will be updating the media on the current system challenges and further loadshedding at 10h00 on Monday, 16 May.