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Eskom raises load shedding to stage 2

Eskom says the situation has changed since this morning.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has raised the load-shedding level to stage two after three generators failed to come online this morning.

Eskom implemented load shedding throughout the weekend to secure electricity for the entire country until Friday but just before 8am it announced the power cuts would return.

This spate of power cuts is the worst the country has experienced since the 2008 crisis which saw rolling blackouts implemented for months.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger, however, says there is no risk of moving to stage three load shedding just yet.

"The stage two is adequate to arrest the situation from our national control manager's point of view to reduce that stage two to stage one and then finally to stage zero one."

Earlier this morning, Eskom said the lights would be on this week, but warned that from Thursday the possibility of rolling blackouts would depend on the extent to which it managed to recover its hydro power station reserves and its diesel tanks.

Meanwhile, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona is today expected to issue an official update on the state of electricity supply and maintenance at its power stations.

Click here to view Eskom's load shedding schedule.

Click here for an interactive map of the load shedding schedule in Cape Town.