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Consumers warned to brace for load shedding

Eskom announced it will implement stage two load shedding from 10am and it’s likely to continue until 10pm.

Eskom announced it will implement stage two load shedding from 10am and it’s likely to continue until 10pm. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has announced it will implement stage two load shedding from 10am and it's likely to continue until 10pm.

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

It says this is a measure to protect the power system from a complete blackout.

Customers have been urged to reduce the load on the electricity grid by urgently switching off all non-essential appliances.

On Friday, the utility announced that the top 20 defaulting municipalities would have electricity disruptions from June because they were in arrears of more than 30 days.

Eskom said it was owed about R 4,6 billion, and this was in line with government's call for municipalities to 'cough up'.

Should the power cuts go ahead, municipalities could face blackouts for up to eight hours a day.