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Eskom issues another power alert warning

Eskom has warned if the required power is not saved from now until 8pm, it will implement rolling blackouts.

FILE: Eskom has warned the system is under severe strain due to the loss of additional generation capacity. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has called on consumers to reduce their electricity usage by at least 10 percent in order to avoid rolling blackouts this evening.

The system is under severe strain due to the loss of additional generation capacity caused by technical faults and the change in weather conditions.

The utility has warned that if the required power is not saved from now until 8pm, it will have to implement rolling blackouts.

Spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said, "The demand for electricity is much higher than it normally is because of the cold and the rainso that is putting the grid under severe strain."

Last week, the country experienced blackouts after a silo collapsed at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga.

The collapse led to rolling blackouts across the country on 2 November.

At the same time, Eskom last week said the investigation into the silo collapse at the Majuba Power Station could take up to six months.

The utility's chief executive Tshediso Matona said an investigation into the silo collapse was underway, but the utility would not speculate about what caused it until they had all the facts.

He again emphasised that the utility was not aware of any damage or deterioration at the silo, which was last checked in September, prior to the collapse.

A silo generally has a life span of 50 years, and the coal-fired plant is one of Eskom's newest, only opening in 1996.