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Eskom extends Stage 6 load shedding for the rest of the week

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ESKOM has announced that it will be escalating load shedding to Stage 6 on Thursday and Friday.

Stage 6 will continue throughout Friday from 05:00, and a minimum of Stage 4 is to be expected continuously over the weekend.

“The high levels of staff absenteeism and intimidation of working employees in some of the power stations is still rife. This has made it difficult to conduct routine maintenance and other operational requirements, which will further impact the reliability of generation units,” Eskom said.

“Due to the unlawful and unprotected strike, which has caused widespread disruption to Eskom’s power plants, Eskom is still unable to return some generators to service. Eskom is compelled to take this unprecedented step to conserve emergency generation capacity to safeguard the power system.”

There remains a risk that the stage of load shedding may have to change at any time, depending on the state of the plant, Eskom said.

Eskom said that it currently has 3,161MW on planned maintenance, while another 17,467MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

“The unlawful strike has a serious detrimental impact not only on Eskom but also on the broader South African public and economy. Union members, who work in a designated essential service, have a legal and moral obligation to return to work in order to safeguard South Africa from further load shedding,” it said.

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