What is loadshedding and why does it occurs?
Loadshedding is a controlled and legal requirement to make sure that the national power system remains stable in the event of major incidents that may occur with Eskom to avoid damaging the systems that could cause a complete national blackout.
The stages are simple, the higher the stage, the more frequent the load shed. Eskom decides on the loadshedding stages based on the number of Megawatts needed to balance the power grid.
There are 8 loadshedding stages with each stage representing the amount of megawatts shed:
Stage 1 – 1000 megawatts Shed
Stage 2 – 2000 megawatts Shed
Stage 3 – 3000 megawatts Shed
Stage 4 – 4000 megawatts Shed
Stage 5 – 5000 megawatts Shed
Stage 6 – 6000 megawatts Shed
Stage 7 – 7000 megawatts Shed
Stage 8 – 8000 megawatts Shed
Loadshedding is generally scheduled for a duration of 2 – 4 hours depending on the schedule for your area.