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25% of Eskom's generation capacity currently offline

Members of the public have been urged to use electricity sparingly during the evening peak.

Eskom's Arnot Power Station in Mpumalanga. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says about 25 percent of its generation capacity is currently offline and residential and business customers have been asked to reduce their consumption by 10 percent during evening peak times.

Yesterday, the energy giant announced that the system is strained and generating reserves are almost stretched to their limits.

"We have alerted our key industrial customers and have required them to reduce their load by a minimum of 10 percent," Eskom said in a statement.

Parts of Gauteng have experienced sporadic power outages for the past two weeks and earlier this year Eskom was forced to implement partial load shedding.

Spokesperson Andrew Etzinger explains the current situation.

"Twenty five percent of our generation feeds at the moment are out of service due to the result of technical problems. But the basic cause is we have an aging power feed to power stations. The power stations have not been adequately maintained for a number of years now because of pressure on the grid and they've been run extremely hard."

He said members of the public are urged to use electricity sparingly during the evening peak.

He says while Medupi will come online next year, the Kusile Power Station may only start feeding power to the grid in 2016.

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