Saturday: Eskom implements stage 2 load shedding
Eskom says load shedding will resume from 8am to 10pm as its system is severely constrained.
The power utility says the electricity supply system is very constrained and vulnerable due to a shortage of generation capacity.
Load shedding is expected to continue until 10pm.
Please note that #load_shedding stage 2 will resume from 08:00 to 22:00 today. Eskom sincerely apologises for the inconvenience.— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) April 18, 2015
On Friday, the power utility's Khulu Phasiwe said that 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 blackout sbeyond 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 parastatal spends R1 billion a month on emergency diesel supplies to help keep the lights on.