South Africa is experiencing a major power blackout, the worst since 2008. This is because of shortage of generation capacity – units have been out of service for unplanned maintenance caused by technical faults.
Eskom, the electric power supply company on Thursday announced moving from stage 2 to stage 3 load shedding commencing at 4pm local time and expected to last till 11pm.
Load shedding by Eskom, moved from stage 1 on Wednesday between 10am and 10pm where some consumers experience outage for about 4 hours. But at 1pm, Eskom announced on Twitter that it will shift load shedding from stage 1 to 2 from 2pm until 10pm on Wednesday.
Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe acknowledged that Thursday’s load shedding was the worst since the Majuba silo collapsed at the start of November 2014, which was the last time South Africa had stage 3 load shedding.
Stage one allows for up to 1000MW of the national load to be cut, stage two for up to 2000MW, and stage three for up to 4000MW
This is currently affecting businesses in Africa’s second largest economy.