Eskom announced on Friday that it would implement stage 2 load shedding until Sunday, though the risk for load shedding would remain high until next week.
“Eskom will continue to implement stage 2 load shedding until Sunday, 17 March 2019, as a result of a shortage of generation capacity due to plant breakdowns and the need to manage our diesel and water resources. The management of the diesel and water resources is essential to ensure that the impact of the potential stage of load shedding in the week ahead can be reduced.
“The system outlook for next week further indicates a high risk and that up to stage 2 load shedding may be implemented until the middle of next week.”
The power utility is currently implementing stage 2 rotational load shedding until 11pm on Friday.
“Eskom regrets the inconvenience that this will cause. Regular updates on the status of the power system will be provided through all the media platforms and will include the relevant times that load shedding will be implemented on the day.
“Load shedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.”
It further appealed to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly by switching off geysers and non-essential lighting and electrical appliances to assist in reducing the demand.
Eskom customers can check their load shedding schedules on the Eskom website or call the customer contact centre on 086 003 7566.