17 February 2019 / 11 Jammad-ul-Thani 1440

Eskom implements Stage 3 load shedding

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Eskom has announced stage 3 load shedding from 08h00 until 23h00 on Tuesday.

Rotational power cuts kicked in on Monday after the breakdown of seven power generating units.

Monday saw stage 4 load shedding, the most severe to hit the country thus far. Load shedding is implemented to prevent the grid from a total breakdown.

Stage 3 allows for 3000 megawatts to be shed from the national grid.

The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) expressed major concern at load shedding, saying the lack of power is crippling to some businesses.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he is expecting a report on Eskom. The President is angered over the fact that the power utility has reached this level of dysfunctionality.

“Eskom is a risk. We have all our energy eggs in one basket. When the generator of energy in our country reports that there are six units, it means all six eggs are broken and possibly we just have over a dozen eggs. It should not be like that,” says Ramaphosa.

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