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Stage 6 load shedding made a come back on Tuesday, 5 September. Image: Pixabay

A dark week ahead: STAGE 6 load shedding to be implemented

Eskom has announced that it will implement stage 6 load shedding TODAY – worst of all… it is expected to last all of next week

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Stage 6 load shedding made a come back on Tuesday, 5 September. Image: Pixabay

Eskom will implement stage 6 load shedding from 16:00 today, 7 May, and this will continue until further notice, as announced by the power utility.

Stage 6 load shedding to last throughout the week

The implementation of stage 6 load shedding is due to the failure of additional generating units, as well as the delay in several units returning to service.

This situation is expected to persist throughout the week.

Eskom has indicated that it will release further updates as significant changes occur.

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At present, there are breakdowns in 19 333MW of generating capacity, while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 4 524MW.

Eskom reported that since yesterday morning, one generating unit each at Duvha, Lethabo, and Medupi power stations have returned to service.

However, in the last 24 hours, a generation unit each at Majuba, Medupi, and Tutuka power stations had to be taken out of service due to breakdowns.

Additionally, delays in returning units to service at Arnot, Camden, Hendrina, Majuba, Matla, and Tutuka power stations are contributing to the current capacity constraints.

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With load shedding part of our everyday lives, it might be increasingly difficult to stay warm without the use of heaters and heated blankets.

Here are some load shedding friendly tips to keep yourself warm:

Tips for Staying Warm During a Power Outage

  1. Block up cracks and crevices with towels or thick materials to keep out drafts.
  2. Wear plenty of layers, including insulating layers, hats, gloves, socks, and slippers.
  3. Use candles for a neutral heat source, but always follow candle safety tips.
  4. Keep blinds open during the day to let in warmth, and close them at night to trap warm air inside.
  5. Use extra blankets to keep yourself and your pets warm.
  6. Consider using sleeping bags for extra insulation at night.
  7. Do some exercise, like running or jumping jacks, to raise your body temperature.
  8. Consume warm drinks like tea, coffee, and soup to keep your body warm which you can warm on a gas stove.
  9. Pitch a tent indoors for a quick and easy way to trap body heat.

These tips will help you stay warm and cozy during load shedding. Remember to stay safe and follow all safety precautions when using candles or other heat sources.