Eskom: Load shedding a last resort

The utility is warning SA to reduce their electricity usage by at least 10 percent.

FILE: The utility has now instructed South Africans to reduce their electricity usage by at least 10 percent. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it is now closely monitoring the powergrid and will only implement widespread blackouts as a last resort.

The utility has warned that if large industrial customers and other users don't cut down on electricity usage, it will have no option but to cut power supplies from now until 8pm.

A short while ago the parastatl declared another power system emergency warning supply is under more pressure than yesterday.

The utility instructed both large industrial customers and ordinary South Africans to reduce their electricity usage by at least 10 percent.

The power giant is currently assessing whether it needs to start cutting power.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger said, "If it is necessary to stabilise the grid by implementing load shedding, it would be an absolute last resort. We appealing to everyone to switch off all non-essential equipment."