To say this week has been taxing for South Africans is an understatement. Aside from flooding in several parts of the country, loadshedding has gripped the nation.

The situation escalated badly on Monday when Eskom implemented Stage 6 loadshedding for the first time ever. Thankfully, the utility was able to turn the situation around but loadshedding remained at Stage 4 for most of Monday and Tuesday.

On Tuesday evening Eskom began downgrading loadshedding. First to Stage 3 at around 20:00 and then to Stage 2 an hour later.

The “good” news for South Africans is that loadshedding will remain at Stage 2 for Wednesday until 23:00.

“Loadshedding has been reduced to stage 2 as we have made good progress in the system recovery largely as a result of several units being returned to service and the recovery from localised flooding at our power stations,” Eskom wrote in a power alert this morning.

As of 04:36 this morning, breakdowns sat at 13 302MW, far above the 9 500MW goal Eskom set for itself but also well below the 15 000MW Eskom has been missing since Monday.

The drastic power cuts which left some areas without power for eight hours a day have also negatively impacted mining firms.

Impala Platinum, Harmony Gold, Petra Diamonds and Sibanya-Stillwater have all suspended operations until the power situation in the country is more stable.

It’s important to note that given the sensitivity of the grid, fluctuations in supply or demand may result in Eskom needing to upgrade loadshedding. As such, check your schedules just in case the worst happens, again.

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