Load-shedding is back, as Eskom cuts power from the grid

18 November 2018 - 14:14 By Naledi Shange and Reuters
Eskom announced power cuts that will start at 12.15pm until 10pm on Sunday, November 18 2018.
Eskom announced power cuts that will start at 12.15pm until 10pm on Sunday, November 18 2018.
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Eskom announced it would be implementing stage 1 rotational load-shedding as of Sunday.

The power utility said the power cuts would start at 12.15pm and would continue until 10pm.

"Eskom has had to implement stage 1 load-shedding. Apologies for the inconvenience that this will cause," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.

"Customers are advised to keep checking their load-shedding schedules on the Eskom and their municipal websites, and to plan on the assumption that load-shedding will take place," the company said.

It called on residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this time.

"Please switch off geysers as well as non-essential lighting and electricity demand to assist in reducing demand," Eskom said.

The power utility implements controlled power cuts to prevent the grid from being overwhelmed. Stage 1 power cuts shed up to 1,000MW from the grid.

Eskom, which supplies more than 90% of SA's power, last week warned of potential outages amid low coal inventories after a major supplier cut supplies and sought insolvency protection.


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