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Ray Hartley Explains Eskom’s Three Stages of Load-shedding

Ragged GloryRay Hartley has written a column for the recently released Rand Daily Mail explaining Eskom’s stage one, stage two and stage three load-shedding.

Hartley, editor at large for the Times Media Group and author of Ragged Glory, says Eskom is “one of the few corporations that has actually taken chaos theory literally and implemented it across the entire business”.

Read an excerpt from the article:

Stage 1 allows for up to 1000 MW of the national load to be shed.

Plan to take the family out to dinner that evening, making sure that your restaurant is at least two substations away from your home. Make it leisurely as the load-shedding could go on for a bit – if it happens at all.

Stage 2 allows for up to 2000 MW of the national load to be shed.

Do not plan to watch the football/rugby/or cricket at home. You need to research and locate venues that are at least four substations away or alternatively have back up power to last at least five hours and be prepared to go there at any time during your weekend. This kind of load-shedding can be survived with a two-car-battery back-up power system for the essentials and a gas cooker.

Stage 3 allows for up to 4000 MW of the national load to be shed.

This falls into the “hier kom kak” category.

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