Eskom implements load shedding

Rolling blackouts are expected to continue until 10pm tonight.

FILE: Power lines are pictured in Johannesburg. AFP.

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

The power utility made the announcement on its Twitter account:

Eskom regrets to announce that Stage 1 #load_shedding will be implemented from 07:00 until 22:00 today.

Rolling blackouts are expected to continue until 10pm tonight.

South Africans have been faced with load shedding for the past few days as the utility battles to keep up with the demand.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) economic transformation committee said yesterday to deal with Eskom's cash flow problems, it's decided that parts of the utility should be sold off.

Eskom has been battling financially as it deals with load shedding and several delays with its building programmes.

The committee decided during a lekgotla that selling off parts of Eskom may help, but the state should retain the controlling stake.

The ANC's Enoch Godongwana said this proposal has been put forward to government.

To view the load shedding schedule click here.