Eskom brings back stage 4 power cuts until further notice

Eskom has announced that it increased load-shedding to stage 4 at 02:31 on Wednesday morning.

This was due to insufficient emergency reserves and generation capacity constraints as a result of four units not returning to service as planned, the state-owned power utility said.

Stage 4 load-shedding will remain in effect until further notice.

“Eskom will monitor the system and communicate should any significant changes occur,” it said.

According to EskomSePush data, South Africa last experienced stage 4 load-shedding on 15 September 2023.

On Tuesday, Eskom announced that it would implement an alternating schedule of stage 2 and stage 3 power cuts as the forced shutdown of two generating units was “imminent”.

This was an increase of Eskom’s planned stage 1/stage 3 timetable announced on Sunday.

On Sunday, Eskom had anticipated approximately 3,700MW of generating capacity to return to service by Tuesday evening.

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