Eskom denies planning Stage 5 and 6 load-shedding

Is stage 5 and 6 load shedding a reality?

This is due to a shortage of capacity, Eskom added.

The police's crime intelligence unit is investigating whether the rolling electricity blackouts are the result of sabotage by Eskom employees.

South Africa's public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday he can not say yet when rolling blackouts will end, as power utility Eskom struggles with capacity shortages that threaten to thwart efforts to boost economic growth.

"It's having a huge impact on households, individual people, hospitals and on the economy as well, so it's a very worrying situation", President Cyril Ramaphosa told eNCA television on Monday, referring to the power shortage.

Is stage 5 and 6 load shedding a reality?
More load shedding scheduled for this week, says Eskom

Eskom and Gordhan said they do not have answers on when the power cuts will stop.

There is a belief that the timing of public statements by Koko, certain EFF politicians and other supporters of nuclear power aren't coincidences and that it is related to the internal resistance at Eskom against reform efforts.

Joburg Water said that load-shedding can affect the city's water supply as they use electricity to pump water from the reservoir into the towers.

A team of experts has been appointed to assess Eskom's technical challenges and the cabinet said last week a preliminary report should be produced within a month. The new facilities - Medupi and Kusile - are not only massively over-budget and behind schedule but also defective and have contributed to the latest outages.



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