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Risk of load shedding remains high

Eskom is still trying to bring several generators back online to keep up with electricity demand.

FILE: Eskom is still trying to bring several generators back online, to keep up with electricity demand. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The risk of load shedding today and for the rest of the week remains high as Eskom battles to keep up with electricity demand.

Several generators are out on maintenance and there've been technical faults which have further crippled supply.

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says they're trying to bring several generators back online.

"Our technicians are working on other power stations to see if they can be brought online."

The parastatal implemented stage one load shedding from 4pm on Monday afternoon after a warning earlier in the day that there would be a 50 percent chance of rolling blackouts because the power system remained extremely constrained.

It was able to meet demand in the morning, but the situation quickly changed.

Eskom says the high temperatures in South Africa are partly to blame for Monday's load shedding, with electricity demand increasing drastically.

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

The power utility continues to ask that South Africans use electricity sparingly.

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

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

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