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Eskom can’t rule out load-shedding

The electricity provider has declared a second power emergency, urging customers to ease usage.

Eskom has declared a second power emergency, urging customers to ease usage. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom on Friday said it cannot rule out the possibility of load-shedding after a second day of severe strain on the national power grid.

The power utility urged all customers to use energy sparingly.

The parastatal admits it's trying to avoid rolling blackouts at all costs, but cannot make guarantees.

Eskom on Thursday declared a power emergency and asked major customers to lower consumption by 10 percent until 9pm.

The utility made the same call on Friday.

The power grid is now expected to remain vulnerable into next week.

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says all electricity users should play their part by reducing usage while they tackle the problem.