Load shedding to hit you earlier than expected on Monday

The power utility said this was due to Kusile and Matimba power stations losing a combined 1,300 megawatts after they their units tripped tripped.

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JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has on Monday announced that load shedding will kick in at 6 pm instead of 9 pm as previously stated.

The utility said it had been forced to do this because of problems at its Kusile and Matimba power stations.

Both stations have taken off 1,300MW of capacity from the already constrained grid.

Eskom said lights would be switched back on at 5 am on Tuesday.

This development comes on the back on Eskom’s assurance earlier on Monday that the local government elections will not be affected by controlled blackouts.

It also said it needed an additional 6,000 megawatts of generating capacity in order to keep the lights on.

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