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Eskom: Expect load shedding at all times

The power utility says it cannot guarantee adequate notice before rolling blackouts are implemented.

The power utility says it cannot guarantee adequate notice before rolling blackouts are implemented. Picture: Free Images.

The parastatal says it cannot guarantee adequate notice before rolling blackouts are implemented.

Stage one load shedding was implemented on Friday for the first time in 2015 when generators suddenly broke down, forcing the power giant to cut electricity without notice.

Eskom experienced major supply problems since last year when a coal silo collapsed at the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga, which reduced supply for the country by about 1,800 megawatts.

The company, which supplies 95 percent of South Africa's power needs, said the state of the power grid can change at any time.

It says it will have to implement load shedding when technical issues arise.

The situation went from stable to vulnerable within two hours on Friday, giving customers little time to prepare for rolling blackouts, especially during business hours.

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says it's important to keep up to date on the status of the grid.

"We will update people on Twitter and as things change, we will update the public to be prepared."

The supplier adds it's expecting about R20 billion from government to help it continue buying diesel to run generators as funds will be depleted by mid-February.

President Jacob Zuma on Saturday said the country's electricity problem is not a result of failed leadership but rather a legacy of apartheid.

He made the comments at the ANC's 103rd birthday celebration at the Cape Town Stadium.

The president said government is working tirelessly to bring the Kusile and Medupi power stations online.