Load shedding escalated to stage two

A shortage in generating capacity means stage-two loading is due from 2pm.

Eskom has warned that its reserves are marginal and its systems are very old, placing the entire electricity grid at risk. Pictuer: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has issued a power alert that load shedding will move from stage one to stage two from 2pm today.

The utility says this is as a result of a shortage in generating capacity.

Stage one load shedding began earlier today after two of its generators at its Majuba and Lethabo power stations went offline during the early hours of the morning due to technical faults.

Eskom has warned that its reserves are marginal and its systems are very old, placing the entire electricity grid at risk.

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

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

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

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