Stage 2 load shedding for Thursday underway

The power utility says rolling blackouts are a result of maintenance on a fleet of generators.

FILE: Eskom's Koeberg Power Station. Picture: Eskom.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has anounced it's likely to implement stage two load shedding today.

The power utility says today's load shedding comes as a result of maintenance being done on a fleet of generators and technicians are reportedly experiencing difficulty bringing the fleet back online.

Rolling blackouts are expected to run from 10am this morning until 10pm tonight.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says, "Our engineers have been trying very hard to restore some of the generating units of power stations but so far they've been unable to return them back to service. As a result, there's a great risk of load shedding."

In his State of the Nation Address earlier this month, President Jacob Zuma said government was doing everything in its power to resolve the energy challenge.

Zuma said government would invest R23 billion in the power utility.

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