Engineering News reports that Eskom said on Monday it would commence Stage 4 rotational load shedding from 09:00 to 23:00 and continue into Tuesday due to a shortage of capacity. Stage 4 load-shedding requires the state-owned utility, which supplies 95% of South Africa’s electricity, to rotationally take 4 000 MW of demand off the grid at a given period to avoid a total collapse.
“We remind customers that load-shedding at Stage 4 is no cause for alarm as the system is being effectively controlled,” Eskom said in a statement. Eskom said its maintenance teams were working round the clock to return generation units to the system. “We appeal to customers to switch off geysers during the day as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand,” it said, reminding consumers to treat all electrical points as live during load-shedding.