Eskom implements first ever round of stage 6 load shedding amid severe power squeeze [UPDATED]

South African state power utility Eskom was forced to implement stage 6 load shedding for the first time ever on Monday December 9 amid a severe lack of generating capacity.

Eskom implements load shedding - controlled power blackouts - to reduce pressure on the country’s power grid when power is severely constrained.
Eskom had previously outlined plans for stage 5 and 6 load shedding but, prior to Monday, it had never previously implemented a protocol more severe than stage 4.
Under stage 6 load shedding, Eskom takes out 6,000 megawatts from the national load on a rotational basis compared with 4,000 megawatts during stage 4.

The utility has implemented several rounds of load shedding between stages...

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Janie Davies

Jon Stibbs

December 11, 2019

11:02 GMT

London