Blackouts escalated to Stage 4

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has implemented Stage 4 power cuts are underway until further notice. 

The utility says the increase in power cuts is due to breakdowns amounting to more than 17,000 megawatts.

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It also blames low pumped storage dam levels and a lack of diesel.

Eskom announced earlier this week it will embark on a major maintenance project which will see capacity unavailable for a number of months.

Rolling blackouts have made driving a nightmare for motorists. A less than one hour drive to work now takes at least 2 hours, with traffic lights not working due to power cuts. The Council for Science and Industrial Research has warned that blackouts are here to stay. This as Eskom continues to fail to meet demand. We track how long it takes from Northriding to Hyde Park during power cuts. eNCA’s Pule Letshwiti-Jones has more details. #DStv403


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