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Eskom announces more load shedding

Nationwide outages will take place from 6 to 10pm on Tuesday evening.

Nationwide outages will take place from 6 to 10pm on Tuesday evening. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom announced that stage one load shedding would be implemented from 6 to 10pm on Tuesday evening.

The power utility made the announcement on its Twitter account.

Stage 1 load shedding to be implemented from 18:00 to 22:00 due to shortage of capacity.

Eskom on Monday implemented stage one load shedding from 4 to 10pm due to a shortage of generating capacity.

The utility also blamed the power outages on the hot weather conditions.

It said more people were using fans and air conditioners with electricity demand increasing drastically.

The parasatatal urged all consumers to reduce their consumption in order to reduce the severity of load shedding.

PUBLIC WARNED TO IGNORE HOAX EMAIL

Government called on South Africans to ignore hoax emails and messages doing the rounds warning of a two week shut down of the power grid.

The mail warns people to store canned food, petrol and put extra security in place, warning of complete chaos and days of looting.

Acting Communications Director General Donald Liphoko says people must stop spreading rumours of a prolonged blackout as they're only causing paranoia.

"South Africans must think back to 1994 when people went out and bought supplies which were not necessary."

Liphoko dismissed reports that Eskom briefed Cabinet about the power grid possibly tripping.

He says South Africa has been through many problems and the electricity crisis is just another issue government will deal with.

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

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