SA's electricity crisis | Rolling blackouts downgraded to Stage 5

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Editor's note: This article is updated each time new information becomes available.

JOHANNESBURG - Rolling blackouts have been downgraded to Stage 5 on Tuesday evening.

Eskom says while some generation units have been returned to service, that's not enough to suspend power cuts.

The power utility will therefore be implementing varying stages of power cuts for the next few weeks.

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It says it will take weeks for the power generation system to fully recover to pre-strike levels.

Stage 4 will be implemented from 5am until 4pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

Stage 5 will then kick in from 4pm until 10pm on both days.

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Eskom anticipates that blackouts will gradually be lowered to Stage 2 by the weekend.

The power utility's spokesperson, Sikonathi Mantshantsha, says the stages will fluctuate between 4 and 2 until further notice.

"Starting today [Tuesday] we will be implementing Stage 5 load-shedding in the evening between 4pm and 10pm and we will do the same tomorrow [Wednesday] at the same time.

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"The stages of load-shedding will then vary between Stages 4 and 2 for the rest of the week," he said.

"Eskom is working hard to make sure that in the next few weeks we are able to at least get to the level where we were before the industrial action and that was Stage 2 load-shedding.

"I cannot give you a specific date as things do change by the hour and indeed by the day."

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eNCA

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