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Stage 1 load shedding commences

The power utility says two of its generators went offline this morning due to technical faults.

Eskom's Kusile Power Station. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has announced stage 1 load shedding for most of the day.

The power utility says 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.

The utility's Khulu Phasiwe says, "We don't have enough generating capacity to meet the demands. That is why from 10am this morning until 10pm in the evening, we're going to implement stage 1 of load shedding."

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

Earlier on the same day, Eskom briefly suspended load shedding, saying demand had been reduced.

But the situation changed quickly.

Phasiwe said this was due to the vulnerability of the power grid and technical issues which affected several generators.

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.

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