What is the difference between stages 3 and stage 4?
Stage 3 load-shedding means up to 3,000MW of capacity needs to be shed. Consumers can expect to be shed up to nine times over a four-day period for two hours at a time or nine times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.
Stage 4 load-shedding means up to 4,000MW of capacity needs to be shed. Consumers can expect to be shed up to 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.
eThekwini’s exemption from load-shedding to change
Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said the exemption from load-shedding for the eThekwini municipality could soon change as this was under review.
“The eThekwini municipality has almost recovered its operations in terms of distribution in the regions affected by the floods. It is not being load-shed but this will change soon and the teams, Eskom and eThekwini municipality, are reviewing the situation,” said Mantshantsha.
The municipality was exempted from load-shedding due to the floods that left thousands displaced and housed in community halls and churches.
In a statement, the municipality said it was not exempt from load-shedding.
“Full automated load-shedding is not possible, but customers must remain prepared for load-shedding,” said the municipality.
It said due to many abnormal network configurations as a result of the flood disaster, customers may not be supplied in their usual load-shedding blocks.
“Please also note the stage of load-shedding in eThekwini may differ from the national stages. The power system is dynamic and eThekwini will respond accordingly to requests from Eskom for purposes of national grid stability,” it said.
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