It’s been a pretty peaceful few days as loadshedding was kept relatively at bay. Eskom customers faced a maintained bout of Stage 2 and 1 loadshedding while City of Cape Town customers indulged in Stage 0.
But in the early hours of this morning, Eskom stealthily announced the implementation of Stage 4 loadshedding until further notice following the apparent breakdowns of five generators at five stations overnight.
Stage 4 loadshedding was implemented at 05:30 due to breakdowns of five generators at five power stations overnight. The loadshedding will be implemented until further notice.
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) October 18, 2022
South Africans expressed their outrage on social media after they woke up to the news from the infamous power utility.
Looking at the reactions on Twitter, it suffices to say SA Tweeps ‘woke up and chose violence’. Tweeps responded with anger at the sudden implementation, as well as the reason for it.
Take a look:
Overnight you say??? How dumb do u really think we are
— Shaun Morton (@NothingButShaun) October 18, 2022
Everyday we say “Yoh” in this country.
— Princess 👸🏽 (@Sisi_Sasha) October 18, 2022
— Thabo Phasoana (@Pass1TJ) October 18, 2022
At this point, y’all will have to go live on IG & show us these generators that are breaking down.🤨 pic.twitter.com/NXPwn0y52l
— Raised in Africa💫 (@paballo_patsa) October 18, 2022
— Ndi-Mukundi (@okundaho) October 18, 2022
How do those generators work? Do they hold meetings and then take a resolution to break simultaneously?
— sbuda (@mikesbudaking) October 18, 2022
And it doesn’t stop…
Cyril rushed back from the Queens funeral to do what?
— Joe (@docbug64) October 18, 2022
It’s most recent accolade: loadshedding was crowned South Africa’s Word of the Year 2022 by Pan South African Language Board (PANSALB) on Monday.