Stage 4 loadshedding: Will it get even worse?

When you hear Stage 4 loadshedding, your heart sinks. It’s usually that pop up on the EskomSePush App that alerts you that the sh*t is indeed going to hit the fan any moment now – but luckily, the fan is off due to loadshedding.

Eskom had some additional breakdowns today ( Wednesday 9 June 2021) at Medupi and two units at Duvha Power Station – and to add insult to injury – “high Winter demand”. Breakdowns are now amounting to a whopping 15,067 Megawatts, a definite red flag and a cue for South Africans to get off the failing grid.

South Africans last saw Stage 4 loadshedding in September last year. Stage 4 was implemented at 14:00 on Wednesday afternoon until 22:00 in the evening. Thereafter Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented for the rest of the week (or longer and at possibly even higher stages).

“These capacity constraints will continue for the foreseeable future and all South Africans are urged to reduce their use of electricity,” Eskom wrote in a statement.

Meanwhile Soweto residents took to the streets on Wednesday morning, braving the cold, taking their grievances to the Eskom Headquarters at Megawatt Park. They claim that Eskom is pulling them into poverty. As if they’re not dealing with enough, Eskom boss Andre De Ruyter was accused of racism and the Koeberg Nuclear power station manager was shown the door.

Energy expert Chris Yelland was quoted as saying: “The reality is that maintenance can only take you so far. It’s like an old car – at some point, you have to sell it and replace it with something more reliable.

“You can keep an old car going for ages, provided you only drive it on weekends and drive it so far. But that is not what South Africa needs right now, we need workhorses.”

Touché Chris, touché.

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