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Eskom warns consumers to cut demand

The power utility says there's a chance of blackouts tonight but rules out continuous load shedding.

Eskom says there is a chance of blackouts tonight but rules out continuous load shedding. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Power utility Eskom says electricity demand this evening will be at its highest point so far this year and, as a result, it can't rule out load shedding.

The parastatal says the power system is severely constrained because of generator problems.

It is urging consumers to limit their electricity use tonight, especially between 6 and 7pm.

However, if blackouts do become necessary, it says, they won't last long.

"Our peak is very short and very high. If there was load shedding, it would be for a very short period of time, roughly an hour," says spokesperson Andrew Etzinger.

Etzinger adds that there is good news, with the rolling blackouts seen in March not likely to be repeated any time soon.

The power utility has previously warned that it expects two more years of strained power supply while it awaits the completion of its new power stations.

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