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Stage 1 load shedding kicks in

Eskom has implemented stage one load shedding due to a shortage of generating capacity.

Eskom has been battling to keep the lights on this whole week. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has implemented stage one load sheddin g from this hour due to a shortage of generating capacity.

The power utility has been battling to keep the lights on this whole week.

It has warned that any unexpected changes on the vulnerable power system will result in the black out stage being operated at short notice.

Yesterday, Eskom escalated load-shedding to stage two during the afternoon.

Stage two load shedding lasted until 8pm before returning back to stage one.

Meanwhile, the City of Joburg has called for an urgent meeting to discuss the electricity challenges in Soweto following Friday's power cut which lasted close to 10 hours.

Orlando West residents protested against the installation of a pre-paid electricity system this week.

The City of Joburg's Matshidiso Mfikoe says the lack of communication from Eskom is insensitive for those who pay their electricity bills.

Mfikoe says the mayor will meet with relevant stakeholders to discuss a way forward.

"We will be engaging with Eskom hopefully by Monday to see what their issues are and we recognise that there are challenges in Soweto."

Meanwhile, Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says the power grid has been under strain which it says has been worsened by illegal electricity connections in the region.

"Sometimes there are five rooms within a yard and all of them have heaters on at the same time and obviously that will impact on the transformers, when the transformer is overloaded it will trip."

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