If they don't load shed, they will have what is called a brown out. A brown out is too little power supplied. The problem with brown outs is that when too little power is supplied to motors such as in elevators and blowers and other items the motors tend to over heat and burn out. It also becomes a fire hazard.
Load Shedding means "Shed Happens" in South Africa, which roughly translate into #$%$ Happens" in Americanese. South African electricity crisis impacts the country's mine production of PGM metals, which is bullish to PAL and SWC.
The reason for stage 3 today was that they either had to stress it to the MAX and assume the risk or invoke FORCE MAJEURE and shut the miners down for 5 days.
IT is just a question of time before the miners are impacted again. My bet is it will be the result of CIVIL UNREST. The people can only take so much, 4 hour load shedding increments, stuck in an elevator for hours, or traffic at a stop light that is off, eating in the dark night after night...
It is just a matter of time...
Absolutely amazing! Stage 3 is the highest stage of Load Shedding. Shedding 4500 MW is un-precedent. They did not shed this much even during January crisis!!!
How could they justify giving the mining industry priority when they have stage 3 shed loading going on?
If I am a miner and I know stage three load shedding is going on, I will REFUSE to go down that hole no matter what guarantee they gave me. It's my life and I am not willing to gamble my own life!!!
If their generation capacity for today is 30,000 MW and they are shedding 4,500 MW, then I would think they are close to losing the entire electric power system.
Load shedding is the least of South Africa's worries. Losing the system would take several days to return full power.