South Africans must be prepared for frequent and sudden blackouts as the state-owned power utility Eskom has raised the load-shedding stage from 2 to 4. The recent company announcement was made on Monday afternoon after six additional generating units were turned off.
The details behind the incident remain unknown but now Eskom needs to shed 4,000MW in order to normalize the work of the national grid (the numbers doubled after the morning load shedding). The specialists are constantly trying to restore damaged parts of the circuit.
Unscheduled blackouts can occur throughout the day, from 1pm until 10pm, “as a result of a shortage of capacity”. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe urged people to switch off all non-essential lighting and electricity equipment and use the resources sparingly.