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South Africa Faces Nationwide Power Outages

Sat 10 Feb 2024 | 10:08 PM
Israa Farhan

South Africa is experiencing its most significant nationwide power outage in months as Eskom, the state-owned electricity firm, announced it would implement what is termed "Stage 6 load shedding", removing 6,000 megawatts from the grid, starting from midnight Saturday until further notice.

Bloomberg News reported Eskom's statement, published on the "X" platform, indicating that the increased outages come even after the company restored two generating units to service in the past 24 hours, while two other units were taken offline.

According to the statement, this coincides with the need to replenish pumped storage reservoirs in preparation for the coming week, necessitating the implementation of Stage 6 load shedding from midnight until further notice.