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Load shedding escalates to stage 2

Eskom has lost additional generating capacity and blackouts will continue until 10pm.

Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has confirmed it will switch to stage two load shedding from 6pm on Wednesday, which means South Africans will experience additional power cuts.

The power utility says it lost further generating capacity and the rolling black outs would continue until 10pm.

This is the third time this week that the power utility has implemented load shedding.

Several generators have been taken offline for maintenance and the power giant says the current heatwave is making it more difficult to keep up with the demands.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said, "It means that consumers could be load shed twice a day depending on the schedules and who your supplier is."

At the same time, Eskom says it cannot guarantee that it won't implement load shedding during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday.

Phasiwe insisted they are doing everything they can to prevent load shedding during Sona but cannot make any promises.

"If any of our machines break down then we won't be able to meet demand of the country, and as a result we will implement load shedding."

'A NATIONAL BLACKOUT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE'

Government said yesterday that the electricity crisis is receiving the highest priority and that only an 'act of God' will cause the country to experience a complete blackout.

Acting Communications Director General Donald Liphoko dismissed reports Eskom briefed government about a complete shutdown lasting two weeks should the system crash.

Liphoko said it was almost impossible for the power grid to totally collapse, leaving the country without power for two weeks.

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

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