Eskom Escalates to Stage 4


In an unexpected turn of events, Eskom announced an escalation to stage 4 load-shedding early Friday morning, February 9, 2024, due to essential repairs on two generating units.

Key Updates:

  • Immediate Escalation: At 01:14 AM, Eskom declared stage 4 load-shedding would commence at 02:00 AM, with no clear end in sight.
  • Repair Efforts: “Our teams are working tirelessly to return the generation units back online,” Eskom assured.
  • From Stage 3 to 4: This significant increase followed shortly after the utility shifted from stage 2 to continuous stage 3 load-shedding on Thursday night, with total generation outages reaching 22,729MW.

In Light of Recent Promises:

  • Presidential Optimism: The announcement came just after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address, where he expressed optimism about overcoming the power crisis, citing progress in private electricity generation and new tax incentives.

Despite the President’s reassurances, Eskom’s latest move to stage 4 load-shedding underscores the ongoing challenges in stabilizing South Africa’s power supply and achieving the promised end to rotational power cuts.

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