It’s been a confusing tango between South Africans and Eskom after Stage 2 loadshedding was announced on Monday evening.
Today, Eskom announced South Africa would move to Stage 2 loadshedding until Friday.
“Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented continuously from 05:00 on Wednesday to Friday at 05:00 due to further unit failures and continued delays to return units to service,” as the power ‘provider’ expressed.
However, things have changed slightly for City of Cape Town customers, who will be at Stage 1 on Wednesday until 10pm before switching to Stage 2 with the rest of the country.
This means that after 10pm tonight, City customers can expect Stage 2 loadshedding spats until 5am Thursday.
Eskom outlined the Stage 2 state as a result of “the failure of additional units and the continued shortage of generation capacity due to delays in returning to service three generating units at Camden Power station and two generating units at Tutuka Power Station.”
What is the difference between Stage 1 and Stage 2?
Essentially, Stage 1 is the better side of a bad situation, whereby an area will likely experience three loadshedding moments over a four day period for two hours at a time, or three times over eight days for four hours.
Stage 2 on the other hand, is double the load – ranging from six times over four days for two hours or six times covering eight days for four hours at a go.