Load shedding implemented as demands get too high for the grid

Eskom says the power system will not be able to meet 1,000 megawatts of demand, particularly in Johannesburg.

FILE: Eskom says the power system will not be able to meet 1,000 megawatts of demand, particularly in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the cooler weather conditions have put further pressure on the grid and that's why it had to implement stage 1 load shedding this morning.

Power cuts came into effect about an hour ago and will likely last until 10pm.

Eskom says the power system will not be able to meet 1,000 megawatts of demand but about 96 percent of South Africans will still continue to receive power supply at the same time.

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says Johannesburg is starting to see a number of people making use of their heaters as the winter chills begin.

"In particular, Johannesburg, which is where we are, we're beginning to see the mercury dropping a bit and some people probably are beginning to use heaters as early as now. This is why we're seeing a lot of demand on our system and we don't have enough generating capacity to meet that demand."