Eskom has officially implemented Stage 6 loadshedding. “Due to unlawful industrial action,” Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented at 4pm this afternoon until 10pm this evening. Stage 4 will then continue to be implemented until midnight, the power utility said.
After midnight, loadshedding will be reduced to Stage 2 until 5am on Wednesday morning. From 5am until 4pm, Stage 4 will then be implemented. It’ll be back up to Stage 6 from 4pm to 10pm on Wednesday evening.
The City of Cape Town, however, will remain on Stage 4 between 4pm and 10pm.
The news follows Stage 6 warnings issued by Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter this morning. Ruyter said that the grid was under pressure due to strikes by staff at power plants.
During Stage 6, South Africans can expect anything between three and four blackouts, having to endure darkness for up to six hours in a day. Outages may be split by two or three hours, Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer said.
Here’s the full statement: