Stage 1 loadshedding implemented

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Only a day after Eskom warned that it might have to implement loadshedding during the week, it announced late on Monday that Stage 1 will come into effect.

The warning of potential loadshedding came as maintenance work started at a Cahora Bassa hydroelectric plant in Mozambique, which will reduce SA’s electricity imports, and put pressure on the local grid.

On a good day SA gets about 1 500 MW from the plant, but the maintenance work will leave only 650 MW coming into South Africa on a daily basis.

To put into perspective how much of a loss of 850 MW is electricity is, when Eskom embarked on its “maintenance festival” back in July, it only had 1 500MW of breathing room should something have gone wrong.

[Image – CC by 2.0/Rafal Kiermacz]

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.

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