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Stage one load shedding implemented for Friday

Eskom says there is a high possibility load shedding will spill over into the weekend.

Eskom says there is a high possibility load shedding will spill over into the weekend. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom confirmed that stage one load shedding will happen from 6am to 10pm.

#PowerAlert: Eskom willl implement stage 1 #load_shedding from 06:00 this morning until 22:00 tonight.

It's the sixth day of rolling black outs thanks to generators breaking down and unplanned maintenance.

The power utility's Khulu Phasiwe says despite the gradual improvement, there is still a long way to go in terms of relief.

"Things are gradually improving, but we still have a long way to go. In fact over the weekend, chances are we may still continue to have load shedding because we've been running our water and generators for much longer period than normal and we, therefore, need to replenish."

Phasiwe said the situation had improved, with more generators expected to come back online by Friday.

"Some of our generating units have been returned back to service, and as a result we are starting the day in a much better position than we were in the last few days. But we are not out of the woods yet, which is why we are urging customers to use electricity sparingly."

On Thursday, the utility said the risk of ramping up rolling blackouts beyond stage one still remained.

However, it said it was in a much better situation compared to the past three days as several generators had been brought back to service.

The country was experiencing stage one load shedding, the fifth consecutive day of rolling black outs across the country.

The parastatal had to escalate load shedding to stage three this week; as unplanned maintenance had to be done.

The parastatal spends R1 billion a month on emergency diesel supplies to help keep the lights on.

To check when you'll be affected by load shedding visit EWN's easy-to-use schedule page.

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