South Africa Jumps to Stage 4 Blackouts

  • After a slight and well publicised reprieve in loadsgedding this past week (down to stage 1), on Monday 3rd April, Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented from 05:00 until 16:00, while Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 to 05:00 on Tuesday.
  • This pattern will be repeated daily until further notice.

Breakdowns are currently at 15 148MW of generating capacity while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance has increased to 7 417MW ahead of the winter period.

Over the past 24 hours, four generation units were returned to service at Kriel, Matimba, Matla and Tutuka power stations. In the same period, a generating unit each at Duvha, Hendrina and Kriel power stations were taken offline for repairs. The delays in returning a unit to service at Duvha and Tutuka power stations have contributed to the capacity constraints.

Eskom system status report published on the Eskom website on Friday 31 March 2023. Source: Eskom

Releated news: In a broad-sweeping interview with journalist Annika Larsen on eTV on national TV last month, De Ruyter spilled the beans on ANC corruption, political interference and connections between senior ministers and mafia style syndicates looting Eskom. In the interview,  De Ruyter explained that the ANC was more interested in short-term political gains than long-term sustainability for the country. “They want what will win them the next election – not what will keep the country going for the next two decades,” said De Ruyter. De Ruyter also said that fixing and turning Eskom around is not feasible. Read more

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