Understanding South African’s Load-shedding Stages

South Africa today announced that it has entered stage 4 load shedding. It has not been obvious what this means exactly. Here is a breakdown of the stages:

Stage 1

  • allowing up to 1000 MW of the national load to be shed.
  • Electricity is disconnected 3 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or
  • 3 times over an eight day period for four hours at a time.

Stage 2

  • allows for up to 2000 MW of the national load to be shed.
  • electricity disconnected 6 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or
  • 6 times over an eight day period for four hours at a time

Stage 3

  • allows for up to 3000 MW of the national load to be shed.
  • No electricity 9 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or
  • 9 times over an eight day period for four hours at a time.

Stage 4

  • allows for up to 4000 MW of the national load to be shed.
  • No electricity for 12 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or
  • 12 times over an eight day period for four hours at a time.

Other stages

In March 2019, it was reported that officials at Eskom had said that the power utility company had started planning for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load shedding.

It is important to know that South Africa implements the above load shedding on a rotational basis. Eskom itself has schedules up to Stage 8 but has never implemented these to date. Officials at the company have said that South Africa is not anywhere near having total power blackouts due to load shedding.

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