The spectre of load shedding isn’t over in South Africa yet. But what should South Africans expect in the coming days? Eskom, the power behemoth, should have an answer – and it does. How South Africans would receive it is a different ball game altogether.
According to the utility company, while rolling blackout is the goal, it is not something that can be done by the mere flick of a switch. As a result, stage 3 load shedding will be implemented as early as 5 p.m. today, Thursday, October 5, through Saturday, October 8.
However, South Africans should expect further updates as early as Friday, especially if there are further changes.
According to Eskom, load shedding is necessary due to the loss of generation capacity triggered by perennial breakdowns. In other words, it can only distribute what it can produce, and where it cannot produce enough, then load shedding occurs – no two ways about it.
The spectre of load shedding has plagued South Africans for a while now. It was a source of violent quarrel on the streets of Twitter when the coronavirus pandemic was taking its toll in the Rainbow Nation.
And for those opposed to the government of Cyril Ramaphosa, it is reason enough for him to vacate the position he currently occupies.