Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Eskom implement stage 6 load-shedding for South Africa

Eskom implement stage 6 load-shedding for South Africa

"The heavy rains have caused coal handling and operational problems at several power stations".

Eskom implemented Stage 1 load-shedding from 11pm yesterday (7 December) until 9am this morning, the power utility has now shifted back into Stage 2.

Eskom spokesperson, Dikatso Mothae says the move is as a result of the service losing additional generation units on the system.

The latest round of so-called load shedding started two days after the statistics office announced that gross domestic product (GDP) shrank an annualised 0.6% in the three months through September.

South Africans have responded with typical humour on Twitter to the news that power utility Eskom has implemented stage 6 load shedding on Monday.

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Social media was up in arms after the announcement.

Growth would have to rebound about 0.8% in the fourth quarter to reach the government's forecast of a 0.5% expansion in the three-month period, said Gina Schoeman, an economist at Citigroup South Africa. The economy is unlikely to grow that much, she said. The company cut the outlook of the nation's Baa3 assessments to negative last month.

Eskom said it also wanted to remind customers that loadshedding at Stage 4 is no cause for alarm as the system is being effectively controlled. In short, the higher stage, the more frequently we will experience load shedding.

"We do not have stage 6 load shedding schedule as yet, as soon as it is received we will communicate".

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