South Africa - Cape Town - 07 February 2019 - Electricity lines running through the Karoo. State-owned electricity company Eskom is struggling to avoid load shedding across the country. Eskom has struggled to meet demand and was forced to implement rotational blackouts, or loadshedding, in February to avoid a collapse of the grid under pressure. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

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Eskom warns high risk of load shedding for next few days

JOHANNESBURG, March 13 – The risk of rotational load shedding remains high for the next few days, Eskom said on Wednesday.

“The risk of loadshedding remains high for the next few days, but it will only be implemented if absolutely necessary,” Eskom said in a statement.

“The power system remains tight and vulnerable and while Eskom is making every effort to return generating units online in order to limit loadshedding, it could be implemented at short notice should there be a significant shift in plant performance. This could include a significant loss in generating plant due to unplanned technical breakdowns.”

Eskom said it has not implemented rotational loadshedding since February 15.

The power utility continued to appeal to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly and to switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand. (ANA)

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