Eskom to implement second day of load shedding

Eskom hopes to have generated enough reserves this weekend to avoid load shedding for the coming week.

Power failure. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - As Eskom prepares to implement stage two load shedding, it says it hopes to have generated enough reserves this weekend, to avoid load shedding for the coming week.

The power utility will implement the blackouts from 8am today.

Yesterday, the utility also implemented stage two load shedding from 8am to 10pm.

While the parastatal previously said there would be no load shedding this weekend, it now says the power grid has been under significant pressure and has had to build up diesel reserves and raise dam water levels for its gas turbines.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said, "We are running an old and unpredictable power system."

Meanwhile, Eskom has admitted the severe strain on the power grid is due to deferred maintenance at its power stations.

Last week Thursday, during his State of the Nation Address (Sona), President Jacob Zuma suggested the parastatal may have acted negligently for failing to fix the broken system years ago.

The president added that government will invest R23 billion in the power utility.

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

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