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Load shedding bumped up to stage two

Stage two load shedding will be in force from 4pm to 10pm.

FILE: Power lines leaving Eskom’s Duvha power station, 15km east of Witbank. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Power utility Eskom has announced that load shedding will move from stage one to stage two from 4pm to 10pm today.

This comes after it this morning stated that the load-shedding prognosis for today was low for the morning and high for the evening.

#PowerAlert: #Load_shedding will move from stage 1 to stage 2 at 16h00 to 22h00 today.

This comes after it this morning stated that the load-shedding prognosis for today was low for the morning and high for the evening.

The utility said this is due to increased electricity demand and a shortage of generating capacity.

It added that due to cold weather conditions that have gripped the country for most of the week, there may be more power cuts.

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says that the high demand on the system is evident in many parts of the country.

"Our appeal to the public, if possible at all, is to delay the usage of heaters.

"If they really have to use them when the temperatures are low, then we're asking that they lower the usage of geysers and swimming pools pumps so that we can reduce pressure on the power system."