FILE PHOTO: Four year old Mandisa holds a candle as she helps her grandmother (not pictured) during load shedding in Soweto

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Eskom implements Stage 2 rotational powercuts to ease pressure on grid

JOHANNESBURG, December 4 – Eskom on Tuesday said it was implementing loadshedding across South Africa as it seeks to manage an electricity shortfall.

“As a result of a shortage of capacity due to a number of generating units still out of service due to breakdowns, Eskom will be implementing Stage 2 rotational loadshedding from 09:00 and this is likely to continue until 22:00. Our maintenance teams continue to work hard to bring the units back to service,” the power utility said in a statement.

“Customers are reminded to treat all electrical points as live during loadshedding. Eskom would like to sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

Stage 2 calls for 2,000 MW to be “rotationally loadshed nationally” at a given period.

Loadshedding refers to rotational powercuts effected as a last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.

“We continue to appeal to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this period. Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand,” Eskom said. (ANA)

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