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More rolling blackouts on the cards for today & tomorrow

Eskom says diesel supplies are running out & until more power stations come online, there’ll be load shedding.

Eskom: Traffic lights not working in Cape Town as a result of load shedding by Eskom. Picture: AFP.

NOTE: This story has been updated. Please read the latest version by clicking here.

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - Eskom says there's a high risk of load shedding today and tomorrow as diesel supplies are running out.

The utility implemented rolling blackouts for three consecutive weekends and again on Monday due to several problems at existing power plants.

It's warned that until more power generating stations are brought online, load shedding will become a reality for South Africans.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says the system is expected to be tight today.

"We are warning of a strong likelihood of stage one load shedding and this is due to the depletion of the gas turbine field, the diesel that we burn there, as well as the dam levels at our pump storage power stations which once again are being eroded due to high usage."

Meanwhile, the Home Affairs Department says it's drawing up a plan to mitigate disruptions to its services amid rolling blackouts.

The department has been inundated with complaints about poor services as a result of load shedding.

Spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete says they're looking for a long-term solution.

"The interventions the minister has taken is that he's looking at getting possible generators for our head office so that when these disruptions happen, the effect is not as bad as it is right now."

Click here to view Eskom's load shedding schedule.

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

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