Eskom ramps up power cuts to stage 4 from 3 pm today

The utility says this is due to ‘exceptionally high demand’.

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JOHANNESBURG – Eskom has announced that load shedding will move from Stage 2 to stage 4 from 3 pm until 10 pm on Wednesday.

The utility said this was due to ‘exceptionally high demand’.

Earlier, Eskom said half of its generating units that had broken down were expected back online later on Wednesday.

South Africans have had to endure power cuts from Monday.

Eskom has appealed to South Africans to use power sparingly.

The utility's Sikonathi Mantshantsha said: “Eskom will continue to communicate the state of load shedding should there be any further developments. This load shedding is necessary in order to conserve replenished emergency reserves. We have successfully fully returned a generation unit each at Thuthuka, Komati, Hendrina and the Kempton power stations.”

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