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Zuma: Load shedding could continue for years

President Jacob Zuma says demand on the grid was increased by Eskom electrifying 160,000 homes.

FILE: Eskom’s been cutting supply to allow for the maintenance of ageing power generators and to cope. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday told Parliament that load-shedding could continue for another two to three years.

Eskom's been cutting supply to allow for the maintenance of ageing power generators and to cope with unscheduled breakdowns.

Zuma was replying to Tuesday's debate on his Presidency budget vote, when he was criticised for not mentioning the electricity crisis choking the economy.

Zuma said demand on the grid was increased by Eskom electrifying 160,000 homes.

"Eskom added 160,000 households to the electricity grid in the past financial year, which added to the demand of electricity. These were people who were excluded by apartheid by the way."

Meanwhile, stage one load shedding will last until about 10pm this evening.

For the Gauteng interactive load shedding schedules, click here.

For Cape Town schedules, click here.