South Africa 6.3.2014 07:29 am

Load shedding to start at 9am today – Eskom

Image courtesy stock.xchnge

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Eskom declared an emergency on Thursday morning and warned that power cuts would start at 9am.

“There will be load shedding in different suburbs across the country,” said Eskom spokesman Andrew Etzinger.

UPDATE 5 December 2014: Eskom implements Stage 3 load shedding

Power utility Eskom has implemented Stage 3 in load shedding in areas around the country due to high demand.

FILE PICTURE: Power lines. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

UPDATE: Find your load shedding schedules here

He said it was likely to continue until 10pm.

Municipalities were informed of the need to reduce electricity and they would decide in which suburbs to cut power.

Etzinger could not say if power cuts would affect the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria. He said the Tshwane municipality would be in a better position to comment on that.

Earlier on Thursday, Etzinger said seven days of heavy rain had left coal stocks wet.

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

He said it was likely to continue until 10pm.

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


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