STAGE 24 POWER CUTS? LOAD SHEDDING ,WHARE IS SOUTH AFRICA GOING
Polokwane – Local citizens says they have lost count of the hour the electricity is cut per day.
On Saturday and Sunday South Africans have seen a load shedding stage that they have not seen in a long time , stage 4 has shocked people , little did they know that the worse is to come .On Monday load shedding graduated to stage 6 then after that , no one can tell the different between days for load shedding that happen at night. due to power cut some villages local transformer went down with load shedding but did not came back until Eskom Technician came to fix it , this lead to a power outage for more than 24 hours.
What is the load shedding stage now ?
We are now on load shedding stage 8.
For you to understand the load shedding stage , you need to know that each stage is equivalent to one hour per day , meaning we are now experiencing eight hours of power cut per day counting from 12:00 AM or 00:00.
Also read :How to check load shedding schedule in my area
EWN says : “This after Eskom increased its rolling power cuts from stage four to stage six this week due to a wage strik.”
They say: Eskom’s load shedding schedule ends at stage eight, but energy economist Lungile Mashele said that the potential of higher stages remained.
Cape Town’s geography
Energy experts say that Cape Town’s geography and the nature of its hydroelectric system sets it apart from the rest of the country as far as blackout schedules are concerned.
With the help of the Steenbras power station, the City of Cape Town has managed to stay two stages below the rest of the country.
The rest of South Africa is probably envious of residents in the City of Cape Town as the municipality manages to stay two stages below the rest of the country in terms of power cuts.
But how is the city managing to do this and why is the rest of the country not able to do the same?
Energy analysts say the city has benefitted from the Steenbras power station, because it has retained ownership of infrastructure.
But Chris Yelland said that there was a bit of luck at play for the city: “You need the right geography, such as a mountain, a top dam where you can pump water up a mountain and let water flow down a mountain to generate electricity.”
He said that the technology used worked perfectly in cases of emergency: “It enables the city to generate power at very short notice. It’s like having a very large battery at your disposal.”
In Johannesburg, the city benefits from the Kelvin power station but it’s no longer owned by the city, and it produces coal-powered energy which takes much longer to produce power.
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