STAGE 8 LOAD SHEDDING – OH NO! What it means for the whole of South Africa…

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Stage 6 was an absolute nightmare but it get’s even darker (pun-intended) with the mother of all load shedding stages – Stage 8! This is what it entails for every South African.

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If your thought Stage 6 was bad, get ready to have your lights knocked out (even more than before).

Thankfully, their will be no Stage 8 anytime soon. However, at the rate we going, it is something we could experience in coming months. Touch wood we do not have to go through that, Fingers crossed Mzansi! Stage 6 has been more than enough and we have had it with load shedding in SA – some things you just can’t get used to no matter how much you experience it. Just ask any South African.

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STAGE 8 LOAD SHEDDING – WHAT IS IT AND WHEN CAN WE EXPECT IT?

Stage 8 is like Stage 6 on steroids. If and when it does occur someday, we will have to deal without a total of 48 hours over four days, according to BusinessTech that is an average of 12 hours a day without power. Meaning, half of every single day during Stage 8.

If it last’s eight days then South Africans will have 96 hours of no power. It get’s even worse – in order to balance the grid, some areas can expect even more than 12 hours a day of load shedding The stages are essentially named after how much power can be saved. For example, Stage 4 would allow Eskom to save 4 000 MW of power while Stage 8 is exactly double that – saving 8000 MW of power in total.

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So, when can we expect Stage 8?

Well, hopefully not anytime soon. Several industries have had to suffer during the intertwining of Stages 4 & 6 and South Africans have had it with Eskom and load shedding as a whole. If Stage 6 continues for several weeks you can expect nationwide strikes. Just imagine Stage 8 – preferably not!

As things stand, the recent load shedding has helped and we are currently in Stage 4, according to Eskom’s website.

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