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Eskom: Power grid still under strain

The power utility is urging customers to reduce electricity consumption during peak times.

Eskom has urged customers to reduce electricity consumption during peak times. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the power grid is once again under significant strain and has urged customers to reduce electricity consumption during peak times.

The power giant yesterday declared a systems emergency for a third consecutive night.

It says the grid is extremely constrained due to cold weather conditions.

The power utility has said if the electricity demand does not decrease dramatically, it could see emergency protocols and rolling reductions.

But Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says the pressure on the grid is likely to ease this evening and over the weekend.

"On Fridays many businesses have already closed for the weekend so that will give us a reprieve."

The power cuts have been implemented despite the utility saying on Tuesday that no load shedding was predicted for coming weeks.

Search for load-shedding schedules in your area here.