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Eskom implements stage 2 loadshedding on Thursday morning

The utility says its battling with several breakdowns of generation units at its plants, which have taken 2,000 megawatts off the grid.

Power lines, electricity, load shedding. Image: Pexels.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says its implementing stage two loadshedding at 8 am.

The utility says its battling with several breakdowns of generation units at its plants, which have taken 2,000 megawatts off the grid.

The blackouts are expected to last until at least 10 pm.

However, Eskom warned of a high possibility it may ramp up loadshedding to stage three for the evening peak period.

Eskom's Sikonathi Mantshantsha said: “Eskom regrets informing the country that starting from 8 am this morning, we will have to implement loadshedding stage 2. This is due to the increase in breakdowns overnight and this morning.”

Tens of thousands of people on the West Rand, the Vaal and Soweto had their power cut at 5am already.

Eskom said it implemented so-called 'load reduction' in these areas to prevent network overloading.

Power was expected to be restored to these communities at 9 am, and it’s not yet clear how loadshedding will impact them after that.

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