Eskom Upgrades Load Shedding to Stage 6

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Eskom has announced that Stage 4 load shedding will be upgraded to Stage 6 from 18:00 on Monday 9 December 2019.

The power utility said in a statement that the upgrade is due to technical problems at Medupi Power Station. “We remind and assure customers that load shedding at stage 6 is no cause for alarm as the system is being effectively controlled”, Eskom announced.

Eskom explains that it is due to “a technical problem at Medupi Power Station” which impacts additional generational supply after heavy rains “caused by coal-handling and operational problems”.

“We regret and sincerely apologise that stage 4 loadshedding will move to Stage 6 loadshedding as from 18:00 today, as a result of a shortage of capacity. This follows a technical problem at Medupi Power Station impacting additional generation supply.”

Stage 6 load shedding is the stage where Eskom has to shed 6000MW. It was reported earlier in the week that Eskom would keep implementing load shedding for the remainder of this week.