Eskom moves to stage 4 loadshedding

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Power utility, Eskom has announced it will implement Stage 4 load-shedding from 3pm to 10pm on Wednesday.

The power utility says this is due to a spike in demand. It did not however reveal what is causing this spike in demand.

“Eskom regrets to announce that load-shedding will move from Stage 2 to Stage 4 at 15:00 until 22:00 tonight, due to exceptionally high demand,” read the statement from Eskom.
Eskom is urging customers to use electricity sparingly.

Schedules can be found on Eskom’s site ; simply type in your suburb to find out if you are affected.

Stage 1: Requires the least amount of load-shedding (up to 1,000 MW) and can be implemented three times over a four-day period for two hours at a time, or three times over an eight-day period for 4 hours at a time.

Stage 2: Will double the frequency of Stage 1, which means you will be scheduled for load-shedding six times over a four-day period for two hours at a time, or six times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.

Stage 3: Will increase the frequency of Stage 2 by 50 percent, which means you will be scheduled for load-shedding nine times over a four-day period for two hours at a time, or nine times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.

Stage 4: Will double the frequency of Stage 2, which means you will be scheduled for load-shedding 12 times over a four-day period for two hours at a time, or 12 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.

If you don’t pay your electricity bill directly to Eskom but to a municipal electricity supplier like City Power in Johannesburg, you need to visit your city’s utility website to get load-shedding information.

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