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Load shedding is expected to take place from 16:00 until 23:59 next week. Photo: Pexel

JUST IN: Stage 6 load shedding from Wednesday afternoon

Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented between 22:00 and midnight, after which stage 2 will be re-introduced on Thursday morning

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Load shedding is expected to take place from 16:00 until 23:59 next week. Photo: Pexel

Brace yourselves! Eskom has announced that it will be implementing stage 6 load shedding, but only between 16:00 and 22:00 on Wednesday, 29 June 2022. Stage 4 load shedding will then be re-introduced until midnight.

The embattled power utility is expected to then downgrade load shedding to stage 2 on Thursday morning at 05:00.

“Loadshedding will be reduced to Stage 2 until 05:00 on Thursday morning. From 05:00 until 00:00 on Thursday loadshedding will be implemented at Stage 4. Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from midnight until 05:00 on Friday morning. Eskom continues to closely monitor the system and will implement any changes as may be necessary,” said Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.

ESKOM: ‘THE SYSTEM WILL REMAIN CONSTRAINED’

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.

“While some workers have started reporting for duty at the power stations, there is still a high level of absenteeism. As a result of the unlawful strike, routine maintenance work has had to be postponed. This backlog will take days to weeks to clear. It is therefore important to note that the system will remain constrained and vulnerable to additional breakdowns while recovery activities are in progress”

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha

The utility has however warns that the risk of load shedding would remain, even with more employees returning to work.

“Due to the unlawful and unprotected labour action, which has caused widespread disruption to Eskom’s power plants, Eskom is unable to return some generators to service. This has compelled Eskom to continue taking precautionary measures to conserve emergency generation capacity and safeguard plant from damage. There remains a risk that the stage of loadshedding may have to change at any time, depending on the state of the plant,” Mantshantsha added.

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