Eskom shows load shedding schedules on its website from stage 1 to stage 4, however, the introduction of stage 6 load shedding for the first time in December left South Africans in shock. Photo: Rahul/Pexels.

JOHANNESBURG – Embattled power utility Eskom was trolled on Twitter on Monday after reports that the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality [BCCM] in the Eastern Cape said over the weekend that “all municipalities” had been instructed to adjust their load shedding schedules to factor in the new stages the utility had added.

Eskom shows load shedding schedules on its website from stage 1 to stage 4, however, the introduction of stage 6 load shedding for the first time in December left South Africans in shock.

  1. Stage 1 requires the least amount of load shedding, 3 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 3 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.
  2. Stage 2 will double the frequency of Stage 1, which means you will be scheduled for load shedding 6 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 6 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time 
  3. Stage 3 will increase the frequency of Stage 2 by 50 percent, which means you will be scheduled for load shedding 9 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 9 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.
  4. Stage 4 will double the frequency of Stage 2, which means you 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.

One tweet describes stage 8 load shedding as when Eskom removes the word electricity from all South African Dictionaries.









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