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Eskom implements stage two load shedding

City Power is appealing to customers to switch off lights and appliances when leaving office buildings.

The power utility is experiencing unforeseen technical problems. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - City Power has announced Eskom has started stage two load shedding which is due to continue until 10pm.

Eskom managers have been locked in an emergency meeting, just hours after the power utility started stage one load shedding due to unforeseen technical problems.

City Power's Sol Masolo has urged customers to save energy where possible.

"We will continue providing information as and when we receive information from Eskom."

City Power is appealing to customers to switch off lights and appliances when leaving office buildings.

"Let's try as hard as possible to save electricity. We're upping our maintenance programme so that we can cope with load shedding," said Masolo.

Energy expert, Chris Yelland, says load shedding will be a reality for several years if Eskom is going to clear the backlog of maintenance on its system.

Last week, the utility emphasised that the system will remain vulnerable for some time and maintenance work would be intensified at power stations, meaning electricity cuts could be implemented if any issues arise.

"Load shedding is inevitable at this stage and the only surprise is it didn't happen earlier. The reality is that the parastatal doesn't have the space available to do the maintenance unless they load shed."

The power utility also said if it stops importing electricity from neighbouring Namibia and Mozambique it will not be able to continue maintenance or avoid load shedding.

The utility currently imports 200 megawatts from Namibia and 1,500 megawatts from Mozambique.

To view load shedding schedules in your area, click here.