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High risk of weekend load shedding

Eskom has about 6,000 megawatts offline due to planned and unplanned maintenance.

Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it has about 6,000 megawatts offline due to planned and unplanned maintenance, which will result in a full day of load shedding.

While the utility is desperately trying to catch up on the maintenance backlog, generators do still break down.

Stage one load shedding was implemented from 6am this morning, but by 8:20am it was escalated to stage two due to increased demand and a further shortage of generation capacity.

It's set to continue until about 10pm this evening, with a high risk of more rolling blackouts over the weekend.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says, "We are urging customers to assist where possible by delaying the usage of heaters or geysers so that we can reduce the strain on the power system. For the weekend, we are likely to continue to be seriously or severely constrained."

On Thursday, load shedding was also bumped up from stage one to stage two after Eskom stated that the day's prognosis was low for the morning and high for the evening.

The utility also said this was 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.

To access your load shedding schedule, _ click here or use the EWN load shedding interactive map here_.

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