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Eskom will hit the loadshedding button for the first time in 9 days

Load shedding was last implemented on 29 June.

FILE: Earlier today, the utility warned of high possibility of implementing load shedding. Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - Stage one load shedding will be implemented from 5pm until 10pm today for the first time this month.

Eskom made the announcement on their Twitter account:

Eskom regrets to announce that #load_shedding stage 1 will be implemented from 17h00 to 22h00 today.

Earlier today, the utility warned of high possibility of implementing load shedding.

The load shedding prognosis is medium for the morning and very high for the evening.

Eskom has been implementing rolling blackouts regularly this year, saying it is trying to catch up with maintenance work and until more power stations come online, there's simply not enough capacity.

At the same time, the utility was granted a 12,69 percent tariff hike earlier in the year, and will be applying for a further increase .

Load shedding was last implemented on 29 June.

Energy expert Chris Yelland says demand this winter is lower than usual, because electricity prices are so high.

"The very high winter prices which came into effect on 1 June provides an enormous incentive to large steel people to not produce in winter."

Several power generators are offline, which is what has pushed South Africa into stage one load shedding once again.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says this is due to generators not working.

"Our engineers have informed me that they will do everything possible to bring them back to service as soon as possible. But so far because they are still offline we are in a very vulnerable situation."

However, maintenance work still needs to take place and unplanned outages and technical issues could still arise, with load shedding expected this evening for the first time in nine days.

To view your load shedding schedule, _ click here_.

Read more on how to survive load shedding, _ here_.