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Eskom denies moving load shedding up to level 6 secretly



Eskom has denied claims that it increased load shedding to stage 6 without telling the public.

The utility body on Wednesday said it informed its customers about every load shedding that occurred earlier this month.

Energy expert, Ted Blom accused the power utility body of shedding more than 5,000 megawatts during stage 4 load shedding.

According to Eskom’s own calculations, that amounts to stage 6 rolling blackouts.

Blom insisted that he had evidence to prove that the utility was not being honest with its customers when it comes to load shedding.

“On the second day, Eskom loaded shedded 5,389 megawatts, which is supposed to be level 6.”

“I saw that they loaded shedded more than 5,000 megawatts [and] on their own rules, that’s level 6,” Blom said.

However, Eskom’s spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said that Blom’s explanations were not true.

“At no point did we lie to anybody and I’m quite pleased to note that he acknowledges that Eskom is not able to fully supply power to the country, which Eskom has now been admitting for a while.”

“Unfortunately, that is where we are at this point,” he said.

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