'WC well prepared for blackouts'

WC health authorities say hospitals and clinics are well prepared for rolling blackouts across SA.

Eskom says the grid is under severe pressure.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Health authorities say hospitals and clinics are well prepared to deal with rolling blackouts now seen across South Africa.

Parts of the province are without power today because of load shedding.

Eskom says the grid is under severe pressure.

In Cape Town areas such as Somerset West, Durbanville and Constantia were without power for roughly two hours this morning.

Health MEC Theuns Botha says generators at the province's hospitals were checked well in advance to ensure they were in working order.

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Janine Myburgh says blackouts spell bad news for business.

"It's also detrimental to the economy."

Meanwhile, questions have been raised around Eskom's explanation that wet coal is to blame for the rolling power cuts that have hit South Africa.

In recent weeks blackouts have cut services, disrupted businesses and threatened to compromise hospital care.

Download the City of Cape Town's load-shedding schedule.