EXPLAINER: Stage 4 load-shedding and how it affects you

JOHANNESBURG -  Eskom announced on Monday that load-shedding had been upgraded from Stage 2 to Stage 4.

The power utility said Stage 4 would be implemented from 1pm to 10pm. This is the most severe form of load-shedding.

Six generating units have failed and there have been construction delays at new power stations such as Medupi.

READ: Load-shedding moves to Stage 4

So what is Stage 4 load-shedding and how does it affect you?

  • Stage 4 calls for 4,000 MW to be rotationally cut off nationally at a given period.
  • This means that residents need to be prepared for unscheduled power cuts at any given time without any warning for close to four hours at a time.
  • Your area will be scheduled for load-shedding 12 times over a four-day period for two hours at a time, or 12 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.

Stage 4 load-shedding is the last resort for Eskom to prevent a national blackout.

Infographic: Load-shedding explained

Consumers are urged to check their load-shedding schedules on the municipal or Eskom websites.

The schedule can be found at http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za or by calling Eskom's customer contact centre at 0860 037 566.