Eskom implements stage 1 load shedding for Sunday

The parastatal says its water and diesel reserves are still very low & the power is severely constrained.

Eskom says its water & diesel reserves are still very low, resulting in stage 1 load shedding today. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it will implement stage 1 load shedding from 8am this morning as its water and diesel reserves are still very low.

South Africans have experienced rolling blackouts for six days in a row now.

The utility says the power is severely constrained and struggling to generate capacity.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says, "We're trying to boost our water and diesel reserve, because we've been running these generators for the rest of this week, and for a much longer duration instead of three hours, as per normal."

On Friday, Phasiwe said that despite the gradual improvement, there's still a long way to go in terms of relief.

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

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