South Africa is still not yet out of the dark, as the Eskom load shedding stage moves from level 4 to 2 as of Thursday night.
This comes after Eskom announced that the country would experience blackouts until Friday, following the tripping of their two units in Johannesburg.
The power utility kept on changing the stage as they were busy fixing the problem at Majuba and Tutuka.
In a statement, Eskom announced that the ongoing blackouts will be reduced to stage 3 which will remain in force until Friday, as they are working on returning more units to services.
“Heading to return to savers 6th generation units over the past 24 hours. And with three more units set to return tomorrow.
Eskom is pleased to be able to reduce the implementation of load shedding to stage three starting at 10:00 PM Tonight. Load shedding will then continue at that level until Friday.
Eskom continues to adjust at this stage of load shedding. Depending on the level of brakes.”
A generation unit each at the Majuba, Matimba, and the Arnot Power station has returned to service since last night.
While a single unit at Tutuka power station was shut down for repairs, two more units are set to return to savings during the next 24 hours.
The power utility went on to communicate that the load-shedding will reduce to stage 2 later on the day, which will remain in action until Friday evening.
Loadshedding will be reduced to Stage 2 at 22:00, and remain in force until Friday evening pic.twitter.com/t7kU3MNCKt
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) April 21, 2022
“This, together will With the Expected lower weekend demand, makes it possible for Eskom to reduce the implementation of Loadshedding to stage two at 10:00 PM tonight.
Loadshedding will then continue at that level until Friday evening. Eskom will continue to adjust the stage of load-shedding depending on the level of breakdowns.”
This does not seem to have changed the minds of small business owners, as Surprise Chauke, who cuts grass for a living says that his business is suffering already.
“Loadshedding means no food for my family, can Eskom think of us the poor,” Chauke said.
Elvis Mabitsela, a self-employed carpenter in Johannesburg is one of most the badly affected business owners does not accept the load shedding stages but he begs for a permanent solution.
“This load-shedding is hurting my pocket, with no electricity, this means I cannot work as I use machines to get the work done. We do not need load shedding stages we deserve a permanent solution ‘’ Mabitsela said.
Stage 2 power cuts will remain in place until Friday evening.