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Load shedding continues in parts of the country

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

FILE: Consumers have been urged to cut back on consumption to avoid a national blackout. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Load shedding is expected to continue this morning and will be implemented from 9am.

Yesterday Eskom announced scheduled blackouts following technical problems at its power stations.

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

Eskom has been experiencing problems since the collapse of a coal silo at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga earlier this month.

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

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

The power utility says rolling blackouts are expected to start this morning as power remains under severe pressure.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says load shedding may last throughout the weekend.

"It's better for us to implement load shedding over the weekend than over the week for economic reasons."

Frustrated residents took to social media to vent their anger after being hit by black outs:

I feel like the man/woman at Eskom in charge of turning the "load shedding switch" for an area off has no heart 😣

Thanks to tge incompetence of Eskom we lost 120 banana loaves through load shedding. Sack the lot pic.twitter.com/vk2m69H758

So Eskom's load shedding from 9am...let's check the website. Apparently this is gonna happen till Christmas. Nice one Eskom!

And as many sit in the dark, Johannesburg residents can expect rainy weather for the next two days.

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

"We predict 60 percent of rain which is expected to start at around 3pm and last into the evening."

ESKOM INVESTIGATES PROBLEMATIC SILO

Yesterday Eskom said it was looking into reports of another weakness found at one of its coal silos at Majuba.

Trade union Solidarity released a statement on Thursday saying it had information about another weakness on the silos.

According to Etzinger, technical problems comprised with a combination of poor quality of coal delivery, to some stations, have resulted in the Majuba facility not being able to run at its full ability.

To view the load shedding schedule, click here.

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