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ESKOM confirms Stage 6 power cuts, experts warning of Stage 8 this winter

Goodhope Dlangamandla |
21 February 2023 | 12:15 PM CAT
1 min read

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According to outgoing Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter, rolling blackouts will continue nationwide until Wednesday evening, followed by Stage 4 and Stage 3 on the weekend. He updated the country regarding the system challenges that led to the current high levels of load shedding.

Monique Le Roux, a senior researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with expertise in energy systems, told Radio Islam International that stage 8 load shedding is very likely this year, especially during the winter when electricity demand is high.
“Based on the data we have and the analysis we conducted, it is likely that we will have stage 8 load shedding sometime this year, most likely during the winter when demand is at its peak.”
“Our data also show that Eskom intends to reduce planned maintenance during winter. This week, they reduced maintenance to avoid stage 8 load shedding, but in the winter, we don’t have that because demand is high, and they don’t have a lot of planned maintenance.
According to Le Roux, stage 8 power cuts mean 12–14 hours of no electricity daily.
Listen to the full interview with Ml Sulaimaan Ravat and his guest, Monique Le Roux, a senior researcher at CSIR, on Sabahul Muslim.

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