Eskom escalates rolling blackouts to stage 6

Eskom’s constrained electricity system is almost on its knees.

The utility is now implementing Stage 6 blackouts.

It says this is due to the tripping of generating units at Kusile and Kriel power stations.

Stage 6 was implemented at 4am on Sunday.

The escalation means the utility is removing 2,000 megawatts of demand from the grid but Eskom will continue to operate on a thin margin.

The utility is appealing to the public, to help conserve electricity.

Eskom is set to hold a media briefing on Sunday at 10am, to update the public on the way forward.

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