Loadshedding is back up to stage 6 nationally once again following more breakdowns at power stations. Cape Town will go up to stage 4 from stage 3.
This schedule will be implemented nationally from 8pm on Tuesday night, 20 December, with Cape Town going up to stage 4 at 10pm.
This will carry on until 5am on Wednesday, 21 December, when loadshedding will go back down to stage 4.
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“This is necessary to ensure sufficient generation capacity is available tonight to replenish the dam levels at the pumped storage power station so that this capacity will be available during the day tomorrow,” Eskom said.
They further explained that this increase in the loadshedding stage is due to the breakdown of six generating units.
1/3 Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented from 20:00 tonight until 05:00 tomorrow morning. Then Stage 4 loadshedding will resume at 05:00 tomorrow morning until further notice.
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) December 20, 2022
The higher stages come in the same week Eskom CEO André de Ruyter announced his resignation.
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Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan acknowledged that De Ruyter is not to blame for the loadshedding, but the crisis has also not been resolved under his leadership.