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Eskom implements stage 6

This week's load-shedding schedule.

"Load-shedding of this severity is likely to constrain our ability to provide water supply in the reticulation system across the whole of Cape Town in the usual way".

The term "Stage 6" is trending online and numerous municipal websites as well as Eskom's have crashed due to being inundated with users.

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The schedule for 9 to 15 December shows the times and the blocks that will be affected.

This after Eskom announced on Monday it would implement stage 6 load shedding.

Citing Elize Kruger, a senior economist at NKC African Economics, Bloomberg News said load-shedding could push the country into fourth quarter recession.

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Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the Anglo American listed subsidiary, told the newswire that it prioritised electricity generation to underground mines in order to ensure the safety of its employees and cut supply to its smelters. For example a time slot from 4pm to 8.30pm in Stage 2 will be completed, even if Stage 4 (with a different time for the area) is announced during that time.

The frequency of load-shedding increases as higher stages are used. Stage 2 will double the frequency of Stage 1, which means you will be scheduled for load-shedding six times over a four-day period for two hours at a time, or six times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.

While the latest bout of load-shedding came as a surprise to some people, many experts have been warning about this scenario. During Stage 4, 4000MW is rotationally loadshed nationally at a given period.

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