Eskom announces load shedding

Power utility Eskom has officially announced that load shedding will begin from 9am today, across the country.

This follows Eskom declaring a state of emergency on Thursday morning, and warning of possible power cuts.

Spokesman Andrew Etzinger said seven days of heavy rain had left coal stocks wet.

He said that the company is facing its most serious power emergency since 2008.

“We have asked our large industrial customers, to reduce their consumption by 10 percent, but it appears this will not be enough,” Etzinger said.

“Rotational load shedding is a strong possibility.”

Eskom announced that load-shedding would be taking place across the country, stating that the country’s power supply crisis was the most severe since 2008.

Load shedding would commence from 9am on Thursday (6 March 2014) and is likely to last until the weekend.

Eskom appealed to the public to reduce their electricity usage to help ease the demand for power.

(With Sapa)

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