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Stage 4 Load Shedding Looms: New Schedule Unveiled

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WIlliam Dube
  1. Eskom, South Africa’s embattled power utility, will continue rotating between stage 3 and stage 4 load shedding throughout the week, implementing an alternating daily pattern until further notice.
  2. Breakdowns, delays in returning units to service, and capacity constraints have exacerbated Eskom’s challenges, with the company recently facing a nearly R1 billion fine.
  3. Residents in major metropolitan areas and other regions can access updated load shedding schedules through various online sources and the EskomSePush app for real-time notifications.

As the embattled South African power utility Eskom continues to face challenges in meeting energy demands, it has announced that it will be rotating between stage 3 and stage 4 load shedding throughout this week. The power company will be implementing stage 3 load shedding from 05:00 until 16:00 on Monday, followed by stage 4 being enforced until 05:00 on Tuesday. This pattern will persist until further notice, with any significant updates to be issued by the company as necessary.

Here is the detailed load shedding schedule for this week:

DateLoad Shedding Schedule
SundayStage 4: until 00:00
2 April
MondayStage 4: 00:00 to 05:00
3 AprilStage 3: 05:00 to 16:00
Stage 4: 16:00 to 00:00
TuesdayStage 4: 00:00 to 05:00
4 AprilStage 3: 05:00 to 16:00
Stage 4: 16:00 to 00:00

Table 2: Power Station Unit Updates in the Last 24 Hours

Power StationsUnits Returned to ServiceUnits Taken Offline for Repairs
Kriel11
Matimba1
Matla1
Tutuka1
Duvha1
Hendrina1
The table presents the number of generation units returned to service and those taken offline for repairs at various power stations within the last 24 hours.

Table 3: Eskom-Framatome Dispute Damages

Eskom-Framatome DisputesDamages Awarded
Contractual DisputesR950 million
Previous AwardR650 million
Single DisputeR1 billion
The table outlines the damages awarded in the ongoing contractual disputes between Eskom and French firm Framatome, including a single dispute valued at approximately R1 billion.

Eskom has reported that its current breakdowns amount to 15,148 MW of generating capacity, with an additional 7,417 MW out of service in preparation for the upcoming winter season, which typically sees a spike in electricity demand. In the past 24 hours, four generation units at Kriel, Matimba, Matla, and Tutuka power stations have been returned to service. However, one generating unit each at Duvha, Hendrina, and Kriel power stations was taken offline for repairs during the same timeframe.

Delays in returning a unit to service at both Duvha and Tutuka power stations have exacerbated capacity constraints, putting further strain on the already struggling power utility. Eskom has faced numerous challenges in recent months, including a nearly R1 billion fine imposed on the company. According to TimesLive, sources within Eskom revealed that French firm Framatome was awarded R950 million in damages due to Eskom’s postponement of planned work during a scheduled maintenance period that commenced last year.

Framatome holds a contract to replace six steam generators at Koeberg, South Africa’s sole nuclear power station. The French company was previously awarded R650 million from Eskom in 2021. Energy analyst Peter Becker noted that there are now over 100 active contractual disputes between Eskom and Framatome, with one of them valued at approximately R1 billion.

Context

The ongoing stage 4 load shedding and its updated schedule significantly impact the lives of South Africans, as it disrupts their daily routines and economic activities. As Eskom struggles to meet energy demands, households and businesses face irregular power supply, causing inconvenience and potential financial losses. Moreover, the load shedding highlights the need for urgent reforms and improvements in the country’s energy infrastructure. These persistent challenges not only affect the quality of life for South Africans but also raise concerns over the nation’s energy security and its ability to support future economic growth and development.

WIlliam Dube

William Dube is a finance and economic news expert with over 10 years of experience in economic anaylsis, financial product assessment and market analysis. With a numerous certificates from prestigious universities including but not limited to Yale University and the University of Pennyslivenia. William specializes in providing insightful news developments in South Africa and commentary on investment strategies, risk management, and global economic trends. You can contact him on william@rateweb.co.za

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