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Load shedding: Additional diesel arrives in SA

Eskom says it's been forced to over-utilise some gas turbines that require diesel.

FILE: Eskom was forced to implement load shedding at the weekend due to an increase in demand. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - PetroSA says additional diesel has arrived in South Africa and is being transported to Eskom's power stations to keep gas turbines running.

The utility was forced to implement load shedding at the weekend due to an increase in demand.

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

On Friday, the power utility began its scheduled blackouts across the country.

Large parts of Gauteng and the Western Cape were hit by rolling blackouts, with traffic lights out in many areas due to outages and the rain.

Yesterday, the power utility declared a power emergency with industrial customers and escalated load shedding to stage two once again.

The electricity giant has been battling supply issues, bad weather and ongoing problems at its Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga.

Eskom says it's been forced to over-utilise some gas turbines that require diesel and had warned that if more fuel wasn't shipped in soon, another round of rolling blackouts could be on the cards.

But PetroSA's Zama Luthuli says more diesel has arrived today.

"We expect the situation to normalise in a day or two."