According to a report by Fin24, Eskom has revealed stage 4 load shedding.
The details were confirmed after Eskom revealed that the load shedding stage allocation was in the process of being altered.
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According to the report, the current stages of load shedding are as follows:
Stage 1: 1 000 MW is cut from the grid
Stage 2: 2 000 MW is cut from the grid
Stage 3: 4 000 MW is cut from the grid
The report reveals that Eskom had seldom told customers in its media briefings that stage 3 actually has two levels, 3a (3 000 MW) and 3b (4 000 MW).
A source close to Fin24 revealed stated that: “So we are planning to change stage 3 to up to 3 000 MW, and stage 4 will then be up to 4 000 MW.”
“The exact date has not yet been confirmed. But it will be in the near future,” added the source.
According to the report the new stages will be:
Stage 1: 1 000MW
Stage 2: 2 000MW
Stage 3: 3 000MW
Stage 4: 4 000MW
In an opinion piece by Kroshlen Moodley, GM: Public Sector and Utilities at SAS has revealed that: “Now is the ideal time for Eskom to use advanced analytics to improve decision-making and better handle South Africa’s power crisis.”
According to Kroshlen Moodley: “With advanced analytics, Eskom can also responsibly manage and communicate planned outages. By considering variables such as critical operation times for certain industries and traffic flow, and combining this with the insights gathered from smart meter monitoring, Eskom can figure out how best to supply energy at different times of the day in a way that minimises impact on businesses and citizens. Sentiment will increase as a result, which would calm foreign investor nerves and improve confidence in the economy.”