Eskom preparing for stage 5 and 6 load-shedding

Eskom warns that load shedding stage 4 will continue for the next few days

According to the utility's definitions, 5,000 megawatts are taken offline when Stage 5 kicks in.

During the media briefing that was held on Tuesday, March 19 on Eskom loadshedding a question was asked, "what will happen beyond stage 4 load shedding?".

The troubled parastatal is already shedding 4,900 megawatts from the national grid.

"We agree with South Africans that the continuation of frequent load shedding, and in particular stage-four load shedding, is unacceptable and disruptive to our economy", Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said.

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Eskom's head of generation, Andrew Etzinger, says similar fake messages have been distributed in the past when demand exceeding power supply back in 2014 and in 2008.

A lot of things can bad things can be said about South Africans, but one thing is certain: We always see the lighter side of a dark situation.

Rolling blackouts intensified over the weekend due to diesel shortages and power supply from Mozambique's Cahorra Bassa project being cut in a devastating tropical cyclone.

Ramaphosa's government has promised to inject 23 billion rand a year over the next three years to shore up Eskom's balance sheet, although there are signs that more money could be needed.

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