Eskom has ramped up load shedding to Stage 6 on Saturday, 10 February.
The power utility also ramped up the rolling blackouts to Stage 3 and then 4 during the week citing loss of generation units.
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In a brief statement, Eskom said in spite of returning two generating units to service over the last 24 hours, two generating units were also taken offline.
The power utility said this combined with the need to replenish the pumped storage dams in preparation for the week ahead, necessitated the implementation of Stage 6 load shedding from midnight until further notice.
“Our teams are working diligently to return the generation units back online. Eskom will communicate further should any significant changes occur,” Eskom said.
FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE MAJOR METROS, SCHEDULES ARE AVAILABLE BELOW:
SIX TIPS TO MITIGATE AGAINST RISKS CAUSED BY ROLLING BLACKOUTS/POWER OUTAGES:
- Make use of surge protection: Electric surges are one of the biggest causes of damage to equipment during a power outage. Installing a surge protection device can help minimise some damage in unforeseen situations. Have a surge protection device fitted to your electrical distribution board or at the power outlet to the electronic device.
- Ensure that your alarm system is working and the backup battery is fully functional to provide power to the system in the event of load shedding.
- Spare torch or headlamp: Keep a torch in your car if you arrive home at night during a power outage. Most smartphones have built-in torch or torch apps, which come in handy during unexpected outages.
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