Oh good, Eskom are in the news again… said no-one, ever. The spectre of load shedding is simply the ghost that will not stop haunting South Africa, and more blackouts have already been forecast before 2019.
Eskom unveil new load shedding stage
So of course, now is the most opportune time to learn that a new stage of load shedding is ready to roll: Eskom spokesperson Dikatso Mothae told Fin24 on Tuesday that a “Stage 8” has been added to the schedule.
Granted, Mothae stated that power outages aren’t likely to get past stage 4 in 2019. But then, what is a promise from Eskom really worth? We’re taking a look at the practical implications of Stage 8, and consider what it would mean for South Africans once the most drastic of all power outages gets the go-ahead.
What Stage 8 load shedding means for South Africa:
For a start, we are talking about enormous amounts of power being taken off the grid. A total of 8000MW would be preserved. To give you some context, that would be twice the size of SA’s biggest ever power conservation, which reached 4000MW during Stage 4 load shedding in 2015.
It would also account for the longest amount of time the electric has had to be forcibly switched off in Mzansi. Stage 8 is likely to see consumers go an average of 12 hours a day without power.
This has been broken down into two approaches. Either 48 hours of electricity would be shut-off over a four-day period, or alternatively, it could be doubled to 96 hours over eight days. It all depends on what Eskom have left in reserve. The final plans are currently awaiting municipal approval.
How to find out if load shedding will affect you
First, you have to see if you’re electricity is provided by Eskom or by a municipality. Chances are, if you live in rural areas, you’re reliant on the national grid. If you’re a city dweller, you get the municipal supply.
If Eskom is your supplier…
Still unsure? Visit www.loadshedding.eskom.co.za and enter your address into their search bar. If it doesn’t come up, that means you are on a municipality grid. If you are powered by the utility giant, the aforementioned website will tell you if your property will be affected by load shedding.
If the city is your supplier…
For those of us who rely on our cities to provide the electricity, you can keep up to date with everything that’s happening here: This website doesn’t just provide the schedule, but also lists some of the essential contact details for each metropole. Because let’s face it, a promise from our electricity supplier is hardly reliable.
By: The South African