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Eskom: Load shedding schedules now also a problem

In addition to load shedding, Eskom now faces a problem of people not being able to access the schedules.

In addition to load shedding, Eskom now faces a problem of people not being able to access the schedules. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As load shedding continues around the country today, Eskom has acknowledged it's experiencing problems with its schedules.

The utility has implemented load shedding after experiencing a number of 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.

Rolling blackouts began at 8am and will continue until 8pm this evening.

Eskom's Tony Stott said, "We recognise that there are problems with the schedules and we are doing our best to overcome that."

There are concerns that wet weather conditions in some parts of Gauteng today could place further strain on the already fragile grid.

Large parts of Gauteng and the Western Cape have been hit by the blackouts with traffic lights out in many areas and major traffic congestion.

The power grid says it's working to build up more power reserves by the end of today to minimise disruptions for South Africans and businesses tomorrow morning.