Prepare for dark times ahead, as Eskom has confirmed proposals for loadshedding schedules up to Stage 16.
The power utility stated that this decision was necessary to ensure that any loadshedding beyond Stage 8 would be implemented in an orderly fashion.
The proposal is in line with the National Rationalised Specifications (NRS) Association‘s suggestion, and Eskom’s System Operator is responsible for setting the necessary level of loadshedding to ensure the stability of the South African power grid.
The NSR Chairperson, Vally Padaychee, noted that this was a prudent measure, as moving beyond Stage 8 was expected considering the current state of the grid and the coming winter season. However, the Democratic Alliance in KZN has stated that the provincial government has no contingency plans in the event of a total electricity blackout.
Despite warnings of a total blackout since last year, the provincial government only began looking at an action plan in March this year, according to DA KZN Spokesperson for COGTA, Martin Meyer. Meyer stressed that a complete blackout would have a catastrophic impact on an already ailing province, affecting the delivery of basic services, food supplies, and healthcare.
With millions of South Africans potentially facing more loadshedding and the possibility of a total blackout, the situation remains concerning.
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