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High risk of load shedding this week

Eskom says there’s a high risk of load shedding after several generators broke down.

An aerial view of a Johannesburg power station as seen from an aircraft on 23 June, 2010. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says there's a high risk of load shedding for the rest of the week after several generators broke down on Tuesday afternoon.

Power cuts were implemented across the country between 5pm and 10pm on Tuesday.

Earlier, the utility suspended load shedding, saying demand had been reduced, but the situation changed quickly.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says this is due to the vulnerability of the power grid and technical issues which affected several generators.

"Our technicians will do everything possible to return them back to service as soon as possible, but the risk of load shedding for the rest of the week is high. Until we get additional new generating capacity or the generating units which are currently out of service we will remain with this risk."

The parastatal in the meantime urged customers to continue to use energy sparingly and has once again appealed to customers to switch off non-essential appliances to conserve electricity.

Phasiwe says, "Switch off the lights, especially at night when there's no one in the offices. And in the afternoon, when people knock-off they need to switch off everything including air conditioning and other devices that are energy consuming."

Take a look at EWN 's feature on how to survive load shedding.

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