Eskom said on Thursday it will implement stage 1 load shedding at 08:00 until 14:00 and then stage 2 will be implemented from 14:00 until 22:00 this evening.
This is due to a shortage of generating capacity as several units are currently out of service due to maintenance.
Eskom said it only implements load shedding as a necessary measure to protect the power system and to ensure that maintenance is carried out in order to guarantee that our supply of electricity can be maintained in the long term.
It reiterated calls for customers to reduce the load on the electricity grid by urgently switching off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances throughout the day. This will reduce electricity demand.
Commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, can also make a big difference by switching off non-essential lights and not leaving office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours.