South Africa's power cuts to continue as Eskom battles shortages

Erika Holt
March 21, 2019

The report stated that Eskom and government officials said there is a "race against time to ensure that a national blackout and grid collapse does not happen". These stages shed 5000MW and 6000MW respectively, according to the report.

The rumour mills ran wild with claims that Eskom would be implementing even higher stages of load shedding - namely Stage 5 and 6 - but these have proven to be unfounded.

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While South Africans are trying to accept the new norm of load shedding, Eskom said it hoped to get clarity on the way forward before the end of the month. "At this point in time we are still getting a better grasp of the technical problems and other problems that Eskom power stations are confronting", said Gordhan.

Eskom supplies more than 90% of the power in South Africa but has suffered repeated faults at its coal-fired power stations, along with low water levels at hydroelectric plants, diesel shortages and loss of imports from Mozambique.

Homes and businesses have literally been drained of power as stage four loadshedding hit hard this week, with up to three power cuts daily across the country.

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