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

roadcat

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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.
I am on (well off actually) 3 x 4 hours most days in PE :whistling:
 

ghoti

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Most of my load shedding happens at night... which doesnt make that much sense.
 

thehuman

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Getting 12 hours a day on stage 4 , would be 16 for stage 5 and 19 stage 6 ?
 

thestaggy

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We're getting them in 2 x 4.5-hour blocks at home. Either two of the following;

00:00 - 04:30
08:00 - 12:30
16:00 - 20:30
20:00 - 00:30
 
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Zoomzoom

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and the exact difference in effective terms between total black out and stage 6 is what exactly?
 

zolly

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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.
You've seen the news right? There's no diesel left so you better buy what you can and stock up.
 

Zoomzoom

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Grid still live.
Few hours a day power vs no power for 2+ weeks.
EFFECTIVE difference? Which is what I asked. If that few hours is in the middle of the night, not on long enough to keep the fridge cold, and I have no food. The effective difference is zero.
 

MirageF1

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Seems like South Africa is resetting to factory defaults, pre 1652
That made me laugh...reset....then I Cried my Beloved Country.

Solution..terminate the whole big bad black project post 1994. :thumbsup:
 

garp

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Things will really start getting interesting when there starts to be insufficient time between loadsheddings for batteries to recharge or generators to be refuelled (and water reservoir pumps to run!) . AFAIK most cell towers have diesel generators that have to obviously be manually topped up and at some point there is going to be a growing backlog. I also have concerns about the major data centres - I know they have big tanks, but do they have good enough replenishment arrangements, not to mention at what point cost becomes a factor.
 

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19 March 2019 12:30pm Eskom Klevebank substation has a major trip. City Power has engaged with Eskom on the matter who confirm they are attending to it. --- Due to Eskom, City Power has lost the following subs: Randburg, Bond, Harley, Bordeaux Fountainbleu
 

SAguy

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What I also love is that in City of Cape Town we have a R150 fixed amount on our rates for electricity - regardless of whether you use electricity or not. It's great that we will still be paying this even though we may end up with electricity for half the month.
 

qscwbt

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Hold on you say what; "Eskom board and management have presented their own 9-point turnaround plan"

Eskom board / anc got us in this mess.
In 25 years you could not fix the problem
Suddenly you have a 9 point plan. what is this 9 point plan let me guess.
1. bbbeee
2. Increase rates
3. bee coal
4. increase rates
5. give electricity for free to informal settlements
6. increase rates
etc etc etc
 
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