Eskom: Expect load shedding from 5pm – 10pm today
Earlier Eskom warned there was a 'medium to high' chance of load shedding.
JOHANNESBURG - Power utility, Eskom, has announced that stage one load shedding will take place from 5pm until 10pm today.
The power giant made the announcement on Twitter:
Eskom will implement stage 1 load shedding from 17:00 today, which is likely to continue until 22:00 this evening
- Eskom Media Desk (@Eskom_MediaDesk) April 20, 2015
The utility says the system is strained due to extensive maintenance work that is currently being done.
Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says they expect demand to increase in the evening which is why they will be forced to implement rolling blackouts this afternoon.
"We also have had breakdown in the same breath, which is why we don't have enough generating capacity at this stage. What is also important to note, although it may be some sort of cold comfort to some people, is that even when we are on stage one load shedding, 96 percent of the country would still have access to electricity."
Earlier today Eskom warned that there was a 'medium to high' possibility of load shedding and urged customers to use electricity sparingly.
The #load_shedding prognosis for today is medium to high and is dependent on the performance of our power plants.
- Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) April 20, 2015
Yesterday, Eskom also implemented stage one load shedding from 8am, as its water and diesel reserves were low.
South Africans have experienced rolling blackouts for seven days in a row now.
Check out EWN 's easy-to-use load shedding schedules here.