Stage 1– during this stage 1000mw of the national electricity will be shed. This stage implements load shedding for approximately 3 times over a 4-day period for two hours. This stage allows the least amount of electricity to be shed. During stage 1 industrial areas are not affected by load shedding. if there are 8 areas to be affected, only four will be affected on day 1 and the other 4 will be affected on day 2.
Stage 2- this stage allows for up to 2000 mw of the national electricity to be shed. Stage 2 doubles the frequency of stage 1. When load shedding is on this stage your area will be scheduled for load shedding 6 times over a 4-day period for two hours at a time. It could also be for 6 times over an 8-day period for four hours at a time.
Stage 3-this stage increases the frequency of stage 2 by 50%. Areas will be scheduled for load shedding 9 times over a 4-day period for two hours at a time. Stage 3 allows for 3000mw of the national load to be shed.
Stage 4- it double the frequency of stage 2. It allows for 4000mw of the national load to be shed. This means areas will experience load shedding 12 times over a four-day period for two hours at a time. Or It could be 12 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time. Stage 4 is the final option for Eskom to prevent a national crisis. It can also mean that load shedding can be experienced without any warnings.