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Eskom declares system emergency

The power utility says the electricity grid is severely constrained.

The power utility says the electricity grid is severely constrained. Picture: Eskom.

JOHANNESBURG - The national power grid is severely constrained and load-shedding will be experienced in suburbs around the country, Eskom said on Wednesday.

The parastatal earlier declared a system emergency.

The power utility said if electricity demand does not decrease, it could result in the utility having to invoke its emergency protocols and implement rotational reductions.

Eskom said although it has adequate generating capacity to meet the demand during the day, the challenge is during evening peak hours.

Company spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said, "Eskom anticipates a shortfall again in order to meet the demand tonight. The utility is following protocol by declaring a system emergency."

Eskom said during the winter season, people tend to use more electricity to keep themselves warm, putting the grid under pressure.