By: Natasha Archary
Eskom has escalated Stage 6 loadshedding which has been plaguing the country throughout the week. Issuing a notice on Friday morning, the failing power utility is extending Stage 6 from 16h00.
With the possibility that the dire situation is likely to continue this weekend, Eskom is holding a media briefing today to update South Africans further.
Blaming the ongoing strikes for prolonging the 8+ hours without power, Eskom says the high levels of staff absenteeism has caused disruption to operations.
As a result there’s a mass deficit of over 20 000 MW due to maintenance and breakdowns.
For now Stage 4 is in effect until 16h00, thereafter the country will move to Stage 6 until 22h00.
“Overnight we have replenished our emergency reserves sufficiently to not require Stage 6 Loadshedding during the morning. However, Stage 6 Loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00-22:00 so as not to deplete these reserves any further. Stage 4 is being implemented until 16:00.”