Beyond Stage 8? Expert says SA ‘one step away’ from TOTAL blackout


We wonder how many other countries feel like they are being held to ransom by their national electricity provider? The situation at Eskom remains dire, after the utility plunged SA into Stage 6 load shedding on Tuesday. However, one senior expert now thinks a ‘total blackout’ is coming.

Sampson Mamphweli spoke to eNCA about the matter yesterday. He says that a myriad of factors have combined, meaning that additional pressure on the grid now has the potential to push South Africa PAST Stage 8 – the highest-known form of load shedding.

Worse than Stage 8? Expert fears ‘total blackout’ on its way

Anything after that, Mamphweli muses, will constitute a total blackout – and various constraints have turned this nightmare scenario into an alarming possibility. He fears that Stage 6 is simply ‘too close for comfort’, stating that it is now ‘very difficult’ to reawaken our power system.

“It’s not looking good. The strike has come at the worst possible time. If you look at our coal fleet, it is not performing how it should. We are moving towards a total blackout. Essentially, Stage 6 is one step away from total blackout.”

“Once we get to that level, it’s going to be very difficult for us to reawaken the entire system we are sitting in a difficult situation as things stand. I feel sorry for the current leadership, because they are grappling with historic negligence.”

Sampson Mamphweli

Eskom load shedding schedule for Wednesday 29 June

On Wednesday, South Africans are battling through three different stages of load shedding. It began with Stage 2, which was implemented overnight until 5:00. Greeting us all this morning were Stage 4 outages, which will remain in place until 16:00.

Then, the joy of Stage 6 returns for a six-hour stint, between 16:00 to 22:00. The day ends with Stage 4 cuts until midnight, before dropping back down to Stage 2 when demand is at its lowest. It’s a schedule none of us hope we have to get used to…

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