SA braces for cold, dark Sunday

Eskom has announced that stage two load shedding will kick in from 8am today.

Despite the chilly weather, consumers have been asked to use electricity sparingly. Free Images

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has announced that stage two load shedding will kick in from 8am today.

The utility says it needs to shed 2,000 megawatts from the national grid today and has warned of a whole day of power cuts.

Eskom says due to the planned maintenance work, a number of its generators are offline.

Eskom says there will be "severe power outages" across the country the whole day, but no area will be affected for more than three to four hours.

On Saturday, the utility had to implement stage two due to a lack of generating capacity and the cold weather contributing to the high demand in power.

Despite the chilly weather, consumers have been asked to use electricity sparingly.

The parastatal's Khulu Phasiwe says, "It's not like everyone won't have power for the whole day. Some people, who are scheduled to have load shedding on Sunday, will have load shedding and this will happen at a rotational basis. So in most parts of the country, it's going to be for about two hours."