There are several steps that government and ESKOM, South Africa's state-owned electricity utility, can take to address loadshedding, which is the intentional rolling blackout of electricity to certain areas in order to prevent the national grid from overloading. These include: Increasing generation capacity: This can be done by building new power plants, investing in renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, and upgrading existing power plants to improve their efficiency. Improving transmission and distribution infrastructure: Upgrading the transmission and distribution networks can help to reduce losses and improve the reliability of the power supply. Improving energy efficiency: Encouraging individuals and businesses to use energy more efficiently can help to reduce demand for electricity. Reducing demand: Government can reduce the demand by implementing policies like energy pricing regulations and by promoting energy conservation. Investing in maintenance: Regular maintenance will help to keep the power plants and transmission and distribution infrastructure in good working order, reducing the risk of breakdowns and outages. Improving governance: Improving governance of the state-owned utility will prevent corruption, mismanagement and inefficiency which can hamper the ability of the utility to deliver on its mandate. Encouraging private investment in the sector: Government can encourage private investment in the power sector by providing attractive investment opportunities and by creating a stable and predictable regulatory environment.
Power utility Eskom has announced that load shedding will be pushed to stage 6 on Tuesday. Load shedding will move to stage 6 from 21h00, following the breakdown of seven generating units. Stage 6 will continue until 05h00 on Wednesday, before returning to stage 4 until 16h00. The pattern of stage 4 load shedding between 05h00 and 16h00, and then stage 6 between 16h00 and 05h00 will repeat until further notice, Eskom said. “Eskom will promptly communicate a further update as soon as there are any significant changes,” it said.