Eskom implements stage 1 load shedding

Eskom says this is due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service.

Eskom says this is due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has announced stage one load shedding will be implemented from 9am until 10pm.

Stage one load shedding means 1,000 megawatts are shed nationally.

The power utility says this is due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages.

The parastatal has called on its customers to reduce the load on the electricity grid by urgently switching off all non-essential appliances throughout the day.

Earlier this month, Eskom said there was no guarantee that there would be no load shedding for the month despite having enough money to buy diesel to keep the generators online.

The power utility has battled to keep the lights on for months now due to problems with its generators and aging infrastructure.

The Medupi Power Station delivered its first units of electricity, at the beginning of the month, with the utility saying it hopes this will bring more stability to the grid.

ESKOM WANTS 25% TARIFF HIKE FROM JULY

Meanwhile, the power utility has announced a 25 percent tariff hike to help cover the cost of diesel used to operate gas turbines, which helped prevent load shedding over the past year.

Consumer activist Ina Wilken says the electricity tariff hike will increase all other living expenses, leaving a huge hole in the consumer's pocket.

"All the commodities are going to increase, so whatever we buy and whatever service we make use of, is going to have a huge increase. This is not good news for consumers and we are not happy about it."

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

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