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The Truth About Eskom Load-Shedding Revealed

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The Truth About Eskom Load-Shedding Revealed

The truth about Eskom load-shedding revealed. Load-shedding is significantly worse in South Africa than Eskom reports.

In June and July, Eskom’s load-shedding exceeded the officially reported level on 74% of days. Depending on how many megawatts are sacrificed in each load-shedding stage, Eskom clearly defines what each stage means.

Stage 1 consists of cutting 1,000 MW from the national grid, stage 2 of cutting 2,000 MW, and stage 3 of cutting 3,000 MW. Everybody can see the impact on the economy and how much power is cut from the grid with these straightforward definitions.

The Truth About Eskom Load-Shedding Revealed

The stage definitions based on megawatts cut aligned initially with Eskom’s reported load-shedding stages. Load-shedding stage reports, however, have deviated significantly from the utility’s definitions in recent years.

Stage 6 load-shedding was reported on numerous days when it cut well over 7,000MW. The load-shedding is defined as stage 8.

During Wednesday night’s load-shedding, Eskom revealed that it had taken out 6,432 megawatts (MW), which is stage 7. Stage 6 of load shedding has only been announced by the power utility.

It was explained by Eskom that load-shedding was split into “load-shedding” and “load curtailment”, which explains the difference in load-shedding stages and megawatts.

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According to Eskom, the following table shows what load-shedding stage it is using, along with how much power was cut.

Date Stage announced Load-shedding Actual stage
01-Jun-23 Stage 6 6,684 MW Stage 7
02-Jun-23 Stage 4 3,967 MW Stage 4
03-Jun-23 Stage 4 3,978 MW Stage 4
05-Jun-23 Stage 4 4,553 MW Stage 5
06-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,271 MW Stage 4
07-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,136 MW Stage 4
08-Jun-23 Stage 3 2,939 MW Stage 3
09-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,060 MW Stage 4
10-Jun-23 Stage 4 4,091 MW Stage 5
11-Jun-23 Stage 4 3,905MW Stage 4
12-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,146 MW Stage 4
13-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,252 MW Stage 4
14-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,123 MW Stage 4
15-Jun-23 Stage 3 2,949 MW Stage 3
16-Jun-23 Stage 3 2,912 MW Stage 3
17-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,000 MW Stage 3
18-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,052 MW Stage 4
19-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,161 MW Stage 4
20-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,302 MW Stage 4
21-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,397 MW Stage 4
22-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,258 MW Stage 4
23-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,041 MW Stage 4
24-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,044 MW Stage 4
25-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,108 MW Stage 4
27-Jun-23 Stage 3 3,218 MW Stage 4
01-Jul-23 Stage 3 3,032 MW Stage 4
02-Jul-23 Stage 3 3,184 MW Stage 4
03-Jul-23 Stage 3 3,379 MW Stage 4
04-Jul-23 Stage 3 3,276 MW Stage 4
06-Jul-23 Stage 3 3,369 MW Stage 4
08-Jul-23 Stage 3 2,708 MW Stage 3
09-Jul-23 Stage 3 3,054 MW Stage 4
10-Jul-23 Stage 4 3,771 MW Stage 4
11-Jul-23 Stage 4 4,082 MW Stage 5
12-Jul-23 Stage 6 6,432 MW Stage 7

Several experts disagree with this view, arguing that Eskom’s goal of reporting the lowest load-shedding stage is motivated by political motives. When load-shedding exceeds stage 6, Adil Nchabeleng said Eskom will probably not inform the public.

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He said Eskom had decided to limit its load-shedding announcements to stage 6 and avoid announcing stage 8 or higher.

The systems operator of Eskom is receiving many complaints from people about load-shedding lasting longer than prescribed. Yelland said that some municipalities have been load-shedding certain areas differently to others – effectively discriminating.

He explained, “There are some areas that experience greater load shedding than is known to the public.”.

Furthermore, CSIR’s Monique le Roux claims Eskom’s load-shedding exceeded stage 6 this year, despite the power utility’s passionate denials.

Despite Eskom’s dislike, Le Roux said that up to 7,000MW of electricity was unavailable from the grid during stage 7 load-shedding. According to her, Eskom appears to have a strong desire to avoid announcing stage 7 load-shedding as much as possible.

The 7,000MW that have been unavailable and unsupplied technically represent stage 7 load shedding.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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