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Eskom apologises for load shedding

Eskom says it was forced to cut power in parts of SA after two power stations tripped.

Eskom says it was forced to cut power in parts of SA after two power stations tripped. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom said there's a low risk of load shedding during the opening World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia this evening, but the power system is still vulnerable during peak hours.

The utility implemented planned blackouts last night, for the second time this year, after a technical fault at two of its generators.

The lights went out at 6pm for about an hour.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger said the system might be vulnerable again this evening at around the same time.

"By 8pm the demand subsides to a point where load shedding isn't necessary, so at 10pm when the game starts there will be abundant power and there's no chance of missing the game."

ESKOM APOLOGISES

The power utility says it had no choice but to deliberately cut power in parts of the country for two hours, after two units at a pair of power stations tripped.

There is an especially high demand for electricity during the winter period.

Etzinger says, "We were able to restore power to affected areas by 8pm last night. This evening we'll once again be vulnerable over our peak time, during the early evening, and we're asking customers to please switch off geysers and swimming pool pumps so that we can come through without incident."

Consumers are urged to switch off non-essential appliances between 5pm and 9pm in the evenings to save electricity.