Load shedding won’t take place overnight or on Sundays.
**If you live in an Eskom-supplied area in Johannesburg, you’ll be in for a 4-hour cut once every 4 days.
The utility has been very careful so far to prevent the country from reaching this point of no return; load shedding is one of the tools being used to protect South Africa from a national blackout.
If the national power grid were to collapse it could take at least one week – and as many as three – to get it back up and running, meaning that South Africans could be without power for a prolonged period of time.
Stage 3 involves double the amount of load shedding planned in Stage 2.
Your area is likely to be hit by 2.5-hour blackouts up to three times a day.“The utility is unable to meet electricity demand during weekends and is back to load shedding.Political meddling at Eskom has basically rendered it a hopeless strategic asset.” Chauke also said Eskom wants to fix structural problems by throwing money at them rather than fixing the root causes.Power cuts are inconvenient and frustrating but compared to the worst case scenario that load shedding is designed to prevent, the rolling blackouts that we have to contend with are child’s play.If load shedding fails to protect the national power grid, South Africa runs the risk of a complete national blackout.If the Eskom supply emergency cannot be resolved soon, an urgent top-level meeting between the government and business will be necessary to see what other mitigating policies and measures can be implemented.” According to Eskom, Stage 2 load shedding calls for 2000 megawatts to be rotationally load shed nationally at a given period.“Load shedding is conducted rotationally as a last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout," the power utility said.Cape Town - Crisis-prone South Africa is wobbling towards a major one over the festive season as load shedding threatens to put a damper on Christmas cheer.Professor Raymond Parsons from the North West University Business School said renewed load shedding is bad news for the economy."It could also lead to job losses at a time when there is widespread concern about present levels of unemployment and low levels of economic growth.” Parsons said in the short term the private sector and consumers can make contingency plans to offset the worst effects of load shedding.“But security of power supply remains an essential factor for sustained business and consumer confidence.