Public warned to get ready for load shedding weekend

Eskom says the demand for electricity continues to outstrip supply therefore there will be load shedding.

Eskom says the demand for electricity continues to outstrip supply therefore there will be load shedding. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has warned consumers to brace themselves for a weekend of load shedding as the demand for electricity continues to outstrip supply.

South Africans have been hit by load shedding since Monday with the parastatal repairing technical problems on some generators.

This has severely impacted on businesses with many companies complaining that there are financial consequences.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said, "The probability is that there will be some form of load shedding over the weekend because we haven't brought back to service the generating units which were down."

Meanwhile, Rand Water says areas in southern and western Johannesburg won't necessarily be left without supply.

It announced earlier this week that maintenance would be carried out on its Eikenhof Pump Station which will affect supply for 25 hours starting this afternoon.

However, the utility says this won't mean there will be no water but rather that supply will be low.

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

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