Confused SA asks, WTF is Stage 6 load shedding?
Cape Town - "WTF is Stage 6?"
This was the common reaction shared by many South Africans on Monday evening when Eskom implemented Stage 6 load shedding for the first time.
The extensive power cuts came after Eskom started the day with Stage 2 load shedding, before moving to Stage 4 at around 10am, and ending with the announcement that Stage 6 would kick in at 6pm.
"We regret and sincerely apologise that stage 4 loadshedding will move to Stage 6 loadshedding as from 18:00 today, as a result of a shortage of capacity. This follows a technical problem at Medupi Power Station impacting additional generation supply. The heavy rains has caused coal handling and operational problems at several power stations," Eskom said.
"Stage 6 requires 6000MW to be rotationally loadshed."
Many South Africans took to social media in disbelief that Stage 6 had been implemented, as well as sharing their confusion as many of their apps and only had information on load shedding stages 1-4.
In typical fashion, South Africans dealt with their frustrations the only way they knew how - humour:
Wtf is stage 6 load shedding 😭— Az (@azraa_v) December 9, 2019
WTF even is load shedding stage 6???— Steven Tu 🚃 Playtopia (@Tuism) December 9, 2019
I’m expecting a boss fight at stage 10.
Stage 6 load shedding is when they come into your house and blow out the candles— ♡ (@bronwynclane) December 9, 2019
this group of white girls in front of me are talking about how load shedding isn't even that bad because "regardless of stage 4 or 6 we don't even feel it by us, there's really no difference" and walahi I'm about to rol 😂😂😂😂— 𝔩𝔢𝔱'𝔰 𝔡𝔬 𝔦𝔱 𝔟𝔞𝔟𝔶 (@fatimasvogue) December 10, 2019
Johannesburg views before and after Eskom implements Stage 6 load shedding 😅. pic.twitter.com/MfaKaLnHTC— Amil Umraw (@Amil_Umraw) December 9, 2019
Stage 6 is a reminder that load shedding has more stages than your relationship.— Koshiek Karan (@iamkoshiek) December 9, 2019
All the babies born during stage 6 load shedding are gonna grow in to Bane.— iman krumpert (@TefoWritesStuff) December 9, 2019
stage 6 load shedding is when eskom sends people to your home to physically pull out the plugs— 🌊 (@Yazzy2102) December 9, 2019
Can someone please tell me what to expect for Stage 6 load shedding and also what happened to Stage 5? Do I need to worry about Eskom's numeracy skills as well?— This is a Sham (@Shamz04) December 9, 2019
Eskom employees beating your ass for lighting candles at stage 6 load shedding. pic.twitter.com/Gaae8wewVA— Sbwl. (@SiveDaniels) December 9, 2019
Stage 6 load shedding is when the light in Tony Stark's chest goes out.— Benzoylmethylecgonine Fiend (@Rilez31) December 9, 2019
rugby world cup: won— lylesyn (@_lylesyn) December 9, 2019
miss universe: crowned
stage 6 load shedding: unlocked
Stage 6 Load Shedding. 🤡 pic.twitter.com/6CM3Slf7jK— Mohale Motaung 🥇 (@mohale_motaung) December 9, 2019
Stage 6 load shedding is where I listen to Sparks by Coldplay in memory of the light that once was— Nazeer Erasmus (@NazeerErasmus) December 9, 2019
Stage 6 load shedding ? Might as well put the sun off 😕— rebecca henderson (@hendo_becca) December 9, 2019
Lmfao the App that I have wasn’t configured to include stage 6 load shedding, e fella ka 5— Petyr🌼 (@Tlharantlhope_) December 9, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to the providers of load shedding alert apps desperately trying to figure out what the fuck stage 6 is while buckling under sudden demand.— Panda (@geoff_ink) December 9, 2019
We really jumped from stage 4 to stage 6 loadshedding over night? 😕— Peachie (@_Soulstress) December 10, 2019
Good morning survivors of Stage 6. Ni right? pic.twitter.com/sRs0EvBWmZ— Ndavhe Ramakuela (@ndavher) December 10, 2019
Stage 8 load shedding is when even the sun will not rise upon South Africa.— Unbothered 😏 (@ja6u1ani) December 10, 2019
We are at fault for putting a capitalist at the helm of our country, what matters is him being rich and rich and rich
No electricity, no sunlight, no moonlight, no stars. just darkness... Eskom has done it... Stage 6 Loadshedding 99% complete... Stage 8 they'll be taking our sight #Loadshedding #Stage6 pic.twitter.com/NTIobPkpB2— Dumisani (@Dumisani_July) December 9, 2019
Aii they can skip Stage 6 and go straight to Stage 92,at this point I don't care anymore pic.twitter.com/rvFbwQG9ck— H O P E Y 💕 (@Shes_fair) December 9, 2019
Here is a look at all the load shedding schedules for the country.