Eskom implements Stage 6 loadshedding

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Eskom has announced that due to unlawful industrial action, Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented on Tuesday, 28 June 2022, from 4 pm until 10 pm.

Thereafter, Stage 4 loadshedding will continue from 10 pm until midnight. As of Wednesday, 29 June 2022, Eskom stated that loadshedding will be reduced to Stage 2 until 5 am.

From 5 am until 4 pm on Wednesday, the power utility will reintroduce Stage 4 loadshedding. This will be followed by Stage 6 loadshedding from 4 pm until 10 pm on Wednesday evening.

“This is due to the unlawful and unprotected labour action, which has caused widespread disruption to Eskom’s power plants. This has compelled Eskom to continue taking precautionary measures to conserve generation capacity and safeguard plant from damage,” the power utility said.

There is a high risk that the stage of loadshedding may have to change at any time, depending on the state of the plant.

According to Eskom, three of the 10 generation units that tripped during Monday night, 27 June 2022, have returned to service. “This, however, is insufficient to stave off the implementation of Stage 6 loadshedding for this evening and tomorrow evening,” said Eskom.

The power utility current has 3 218MW on planned maintenance, while another 17 621MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

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