Eskom starts Stage 1 load shedding

Eskom starts Stage 1 load shedding

2014-06-17 18:09

Cape Town - Eskom announced in a notice on Tuesday that it is now on Stage 1 of load shedding, after warning earlier on Tuesday of extremely tight power supply.

"We are currently load shedding in Stage 1 in some areas due to high demand or urgent maintenance being performed at certain power stations," it stated on its website.

Stage 1 of load shedding means that there is a demand to save up to 1 000 MW of electricity to prevent the national grid from total collapse.

The different stages dictate the amount of electricity to be shed. It is as follows:

Stage 1 - up to 1 000 MW of electricity must be shed.
Stage 2 - up to 2 000 MW of electricity must be shed; and
Stage 3 - up to 4 000 MW of electricity must be shed.

"Stage 1 requires the smallest amount of load shedding, and results in areas being shed for a period of time that will differ depending on the Metro or Municipality that supplies the area's electricity," according to Eskom's website.

During stage 1 load shedding in areas means:

Once for two hours in a two day period,
Once for four hours every fourth day in Eskom-supplied Johannesburg areas.

On Tuesday, Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger told Sapa that the utility is expecting the grid to be exceptionally tight with a chance of needing to reduce demand over the evening peak.

"A similar situation for Wednesday and Thursday evening as well is expected, and that is due to expected high demand related to the weather."

  • Watkykj - 2014-06-17 18:11

    here is an idea, load shed the foreign countries you supply at half the price local south africans have pay permanently?!!

      Mario Marrier Dunienville - 2014-06-17 19:00

      Where we live in Ballito/Salt Rock, we have had at the least, 6 power outages in the last month. One Friday night was 14 hours due to stolen cables. Various other outages around midnight with no explanation. Sometimes we are told that the municipality are working. We are well prepared for the crap that is to follow. E lectricty S hortages K ills O ur M orale

      Vertex Appliance Parts - 2014-06-17 19:40

      Did everyone remember to take their STFU cANCer pill today lol??

  • Roy Skea - 2014-06-17 18:17

    Useless creatures!!!!!! Just before their boss has to stand up and make a fool of himself reading his State of the Nation Address..... if it wasn't so hard on people in SA it would be comical...

      Scouter Four-One - 2014-06-17 18:33

      Too much to hope that the lights might go out in Parliament I suppose - now THERE, would be a great testimony to the 'real' state of the nation .....

  • Sue.r.byron-moore - 2014-06-17 18:18

    Easy - switch off all the e-toll gantries and all e-toll booths and offices. Problem solved!

  • Khutso Bokaba - 2014-06-17 18:24

    Load shedding whole of winter! Lets blame our leaders

      Shaun Neveling - 2014-06-17 19:20

      Lets blame the people who made them our leaders

  • Richard Young - 2014-06-17 18:28

    Eskom buys power from some countries because they can't supply enough yet they also sell and provide power to other countries. Makes sense in a m

  • Richard Young - 2014-06-17 18:30

    Eskom can't supply enough power to SA so they buy from some countries yet they also sell and provide power to others. It only makes sense to sell only if they were already able to provide for their own country m

  • gareth.gordon3 - 2014-06-17 18:31

    Dames, you knew there was nothing you could do with those incompetent bunch in parliament, other than jump the sinking Eskom ship

  • Johan Diedericks - 2014-06-17 18:32

    Thank you ANC!

  • Dave Leverton - 2014-06-17 18:33

    Shut down Billiton !!

  • Cindy Watson - 2014-06-17 18:34

    Honestly I am so sick annd tired of this bull. I have done everything eskom has asked, I switched off my geyser when not needed.I even cut down on coffee so I dont have to put on the kettle all the time and still thats not enough. What about the country's eskom supplies. Do u ask them to cut down. Is there anyone on the other side of the boaders that we supply that is reading this article, can u please tell us if u guys were also asked by eskom to save electricity.

      Penni-Lee Talbot - 2014-06-17 19:00

      And the casinos still have all their machines on and all their flashing lights on outside but I must not boil my kettle.

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-06-17 19:56

      Buy a flask. Get a gas stove top. It is what it is. We have to find ways around Eskom madness because it's only going to get worse, Medupi or no Medupi.

  • Riaan Roux - 2014-06-17 18:34

    And some minor incompetance.

  • Asif Asmal - 2014-06-17 18:36

    There's always some maintenence. Wtf

  • Richard Nelson - 2014-06-17 18:37

    These clowns must be the only company in the world that DONT want you to buy their product !!

  • Richard Nelson - 2014-06-17 18:37

    These clowns must be the only company in the world that DONT want you to buy their product !!

  • Kevin Middleton - 2014-06-17 18:41

    Any chance Parliament Street can be shut down for a few hours?

  • laurenlee.turner - 2014-06-17 18:41

    Mmzzzwpa BbcccemkijnA

  • Zubeida Mahomed - 2014-06-17 18:54

    wont even watch state of the nation address!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Lauren MacLeod - 2014-06-17 19:24

      Not interested in more cover ups and lies either.

  • Gary Kerwin - 2014-06-17 19:04

    The only company that wants you to save(use less) but charges more every year to make up for lost revenue

  • Geoffrey Safodien - 2014-06-17 19:08

    Can someone please tell me how is it possible that in a country that successfully hosted a SWC 4 YEARS AGO! (For which was built a number of stadia costing billions...) It can not build new power stations?

  • John Baker - 2014-06-17 19:14

    Stop selling our electricity off to neighboring countries and actually act against those stealing it then southbabwe will have plenty of electricity

  • Lauren MacLeod - 2014-06-17 19:28

    Plenty of "chrystal palaces" - vehicle showrooms, office parks, shopping centres and the list could go on and on - GET THEM SWITCHED, so the poor citizens don't get hit yet AGAIN.

  • Johan Jacobs - 2014-06-17 19:33

    Let me try again (comment deleted) Eskom is NOT load shedding. loadshedding()eskom()co()za Just put a dot in the brackets and remove them.

  • antony.cousens - 2014-06-17 19:38

    Eskom before elections-"No load shedding this winter, promise." Eskom after elections-"Let's shed some of this load. What? Qhat do you mean we promised not to? Bugger that. That was an election promise. Those don't count. Anyway, we had our fingers crossed when we said that."

  • Freddy van Wijk - 2014-06-17 19:40

    SANDF will start martial law.

  • Boooo - 2014-06-17 19:47

    Load shed SONA in parliament pls

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-06-17 19:58

      Hear Hear! Compatriots are watching soccer or movies anyway.

  • Marc Anthony Webb - 2014-06-17 19:54

    Will not do anything to save electricity and live like a caveman we pay a premium for this necessity and we keep being told how to use what we pay for! We cannot carry on this way paying more for nothing and losing business because of the total failure of the CLOWNS and their side show EKSDOM...

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-06-17 20:00

      So why give them more money? It's not as if you get anything for it. Or to be more accurate, the MUNICIPALITIES get more money which funds the illegals. You burn more, you finance crime. BTW, many (not all) municipalities going to get 15% electricity price hikes next month.

  • Boooo - 2014-06-17 20:00

    Load shed SONA in parliament pls

  • Hartmut Gneiting - 2014-06-17 20:02

    why do we get every day five times different messages from Eskom. I going to find a way to get the directorship on the stand for fraud, watch my words...

  • Donovan Dunn - 2014-06-17 20:08

    It is. But unions run the country amd workers are putting off completion as long as possible so they can keep getting paid, and even though they are a year behind, they still demand delivery bonuses

  • Marjorie Smith - 2014-06-17 20:09

    Can someone please tell me, where I can find the updated load shedding schedule for Gauteng.

  • toni.leferinksiljeur - 2014-06-17 21:18

    We're still lucky the platinum mines are not fully up and running. Otherwise there would be lots more of this loadsheading

  • Amlino Khoosal - 2014-06-17 21:26

    And we pay them for a service they can not thing that needs attention but NO lets upgrade Zumas house for his million wives and kids....

  • Jon McGowan - 2014-06-17 21:50

    Its quite simple actually , lets adopt a westernized approach , EITHER Eskom provides SA with the electricity needed OR we find someone else that will , in this situation , competition is very good

  • Hauke Liefferink - 2014-06-17 22:20

    Sure, Eksdom we thinks you just bluffing. To much cry wolf for you. When you say loadshedding is in effect we have less powercuts and vice versa.

  • Rushdi Toefy - 2014-06-19 07:30

    While the heater at the Apes pool stays on permanently

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