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Stage one load shedding underway

The power utility has asked consumers to continue using electricity sparingly to help reduce demand.

The utility says the power system remains extremely constrained. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom will implement stage one load shedding from 4pm this afternoon due to a shortage of generating capacity.

The utility warned earlier today that there would be a 50 percent chance of rolling blackouts because the power system remained extremely constrained.

It was able to meet demand this morning, but the situation has now changed.

The parastatal says the high temperatures in South Africa are partly to blame for this afternoon's load shedding with electricity demand increasing drastically.

In some parts of the country, temperatures have exceeded 30 degrees, meaning more people are using fans and air conditioners.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says load shedding will continue until 10pm this evening.

"We're experiencing a lot of demand at the moment, partly because of the heat wave across the country, so we were not able to meet capacity."

The power utility has asked consumers to continue using electricity sparingly to help reduce demand.

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

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