Eskom: load shedding to continue until 10pm

Eskom commenced load shedding in stage two earlier today to ease the strain on the power grid.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says load shedding is expected to be in place across the country until at least 10 o'clock this evening.

Eskom commenced load shedding in stage two last night with some areas experiencing lengthy outages to ease the strain on the power grid.

The power utility says the system is extremely constrained due to unforeseen technical problems at its power stations.

Large parts of Gauteng and the Western Cape are without power today as load shedding is in stage two meaning the frequency of power cuts has been increased.

Eskom's Tony Stott says, "It's not always possible to immediately return everybody and switch the power back on so we prefer to say round about 10pm or a little bit earlier if we can."

Eskom says the country's power system is extremely constrained due to depleting water and diesel reserves at its power stations.

Earlier this month, a coal storage silo at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga collapsed, resulting in widespread power cuts further adding to Eskom's grid woes.

The silo held more than 10,000 tons of coal and affected coal supplies to all six units at the power station.

Earlier today Stott said, "We need to implement the load shedding to build up the reserves at our pump storage schemes. We need to be able to pump the water back into the dam so that next week we are able to meet the demand for electricity."

The power utility says it's aiming to build up enough power reserves by the end of the weekend to minimise disruptions on Monday morning.

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


The wet weather which is forecast for parts of Gauteng this weekend, could place further strain on the already fragile power grid.

Weather forecaster Bransby Bulo says the wet weather is expected to hit Johannesburg later today.

"There is a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms for this afternoon and for Sunday there is an 80 percent chance of rain."

Consumers have been urged to cut back on consumption to avoid a national blackout.

To view the load shedding schedule, click here.