Stage 4 load-shedding: SA in 'unchartered territory'

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom and the government are scrambling to find a solution to the energy crisis currently manifesting in the unprecedented Stage 4 load-shedding.

Offices, shops, factories, traffic lights and private homes were hit on Monday by Stage 4 load-shedding -- the highest severity level since March 2014.

"The power system is severely constrained, which is why after a long time we have had to implement Stage 4 of load-shedding," Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said.

"Since this morning we have unexpectedly lost six additional generating units which have put additional strain on the system," the company said in a statement.

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Eskom said the cuts would take 4,000 megawatts of demand out of the system to prevent its collapse. 

The announcement has placed South Africa in unchartered waters.

Energy experts say this is completely unprecedented, but Eskom's spokesperson insists we've been here before.

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Chris Yelland said load-shedding has an immense impact on the economy.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has met with Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe on Monday morning as well as system operators of the utility.


The utility has also been tight-lipped about when the load-shedding will end, with the company predicting an end to the cuts in April.

- Additional reporting AFP