Eskom has announced that it will implement heightened load-shedding measures. This means that power cuts will occur more frequently and for longer periods of time until further notice. The state-owned power utility has struggled to maintain a stable electricity supply due to a combination of financial constraints, breakdowns, theft, and sabotage at its power plants.
Eskom has announced that it will no longer ease the load-shedding situation and will continue to implement Stage 4 power cuts between 4:00 PM and 5:00 AM and Stage 3 cuts from 5:00 AM to 4:00 PM until further notice.
This decision comes after 100 consecutive days of power cuts since October 31, 2022, and contradicts earlier statements about reducing the cuts to an alternating schedule of Stage 2 and Stage 3.
The South African Reserve Bank estimates that Stage 3 load-shedding costs the economy approximately R204 million daily, while Stage 6 cuts amount to a loss of R899 million per day.
First reported by: Mybroadband