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Eskom starts load shedding

The utility says load shedding will continue until at least 8pm tonight.

FILE: Eskom says load shedding will continue until at least 8pm tonight. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Power utility Eskom has confirmed that stage one of load shedding has started.

It says load shedding will continue until at least 8pm tonight.

Stage one allows for up to 1000 MW of the national load to be shed.

This is the third time the utility has implemented load shedding this year.

Eskom earlier said it was looking into reports of another weakness found at one of its coal silos at the Majuba Power Station.

The utility has been experiencing problems since the collapse of a silo at the power station in Mpumalanga earlier this month.

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

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.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says,"What this means is if our shortage of capacity is up to 1,000 megawatts, then it would be a limited amount of areas affected so stage one really means that a relatively small amount of consumers would be affected."