Eskom, government plans for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load shedding to stave off national blackouts

thestaggy

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Eskom and government have started planning for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load-shedding, according to officials who say that there is a race against time to ensure that a national blackout and grid collapse does not happen .
An extensive briefing by Eskom executives and the Department of Public Enterprises on Tuesday has made it clear that the national power supply is more precarious than previously understood. South Africa has bought all available diesel on the high seas (to run emergency power), maintenance of power plants is in crisis because boiler tubes are bursting at eight units across three power stations and there is a planned strike early in April.
“We are very far from a point of total black-out. The system operators main task is to defend and protect the grid,” said Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza in a briefing designed to shed light after four days of load-shedding which has left the economy teetering and the nation seething.
Staff trading with Eskom is a conflict of interest which has driven up prices and is one factor in the debt pile that Eskom is carrying.
There are three senior fix-it teams working on the problem, said Gordhan. A presidential task team has presented one report to Cabinet; the Eskom board and management have presented their own 9-point turnaround plan and there is a team of between 12 and 14 private sector engineers combing through the Eskom power stations to present their own diagnostic report of what is going wrong.
https://www.fin24.com/Economy/eskom-government-plans-for-stage-5-and-stage-6-load-shedding-to-stave-off-national-blackouts-20190319

WTF green-lights a strike during a time of crisis?

Fvck the ANC. Fvck the unions. Fvck Eskom.
 
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Sinbad

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Eskom and government have started planning for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load-shedding, according to officials who say that there is a race against time to ensure that a national blackout and grid collapse does not happen .

“We are very far from a point of total black-out. The system operators main task is to defend and protect the grid,” said Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza in a briefing designed to shed light after four days of load-shedding which has left the economy teetering and the nation seething.
I see what you did there
 

R4ziel

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Might actually have to take my dogs for a walk when the power is out over the weekend, might actually be able to see the outside for once
 

MirageF1

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start by effing switching on the power as scheduled! useless c8nts, it's 14:35, what happened to 14.30?!!
 

Lupus

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Having most places out for way way over the alloted time isn't stage 5 and collapse. You might be keeping the power stations from falling over but the substations are dying.
 

Cius

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The issues are mounting. My sisters place has had 7 hours of power in the last 48 hours. Huge losses in terms of food, freezer stuff, etc.

Our complex went off about an hour back and we are not scheduled at all until 8PM tonight. Just a big power failure due to all the surges and issues.
 

VooDooC

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Almost whole of Randburg is offline AGAIN because they keep ****ing up the substations after every switch over.

Maybe they should just shut everything off until this is fixed because the way they're currently running this is a huge stuff and is breaking more **** than they're actually fixing.
 

Bryn

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A friend of a friend supposedly bet R20k on a total nationwide blackout occurring within a week. Hmm...

After spending a fortune on a backup AC solution and finding that it isn't really coping with less than half each day having power, we're now turning to a loud diesel generator. Sigh.
 

supersunbird

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At stage 4, we get up to 3 x 2.5 hours per day (so 7 hours in total) with 6 to 8 hours separation . Stage 5 will make us occasionally see 5 hours continuous loadsheddings. Stage 8 will have us see 3 x 5 hours per day, which is 15 hours in total.

Would be very bad.
 

VooDooC

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At stage 4, we get up to 3 x 2.5 hours per day (so 7 hours in total) with 6 to 8 hours separation . Stage 5 will make us occasionally see 5 hours continuous loadsheddings. Stage 8 will have us see 3 x 5 hours per day, which is 15 hours in total.

Would be very bad.
On stage 4 I get 9 hours a day, no schedule available for City power regarding stage 5 yet but I recon we'll see 3 four and a half sessions per day on stage 5.
 

AstroTurf

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At stage 4, we get up to 3 x 2.5 hours per day (so 7 hours in total) with 6 to 8 hours separation . Stage 5 will make us occasionally see 5 hours continuous loadsheddings. Stage 8 will have us see 3 x 5 hours per day, which is 15 hours in total.

Would be very bad.
Already getting 7.5h a day

3:00-5:30am
11:00-1:30pm
7:00-9:30pm
 
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