Load shedding a reality
The Citizen's Kirsten Sekhaolelo works at The Citizen offices during a power blackout, 6 March 2014, in Industria West, Johannesburg. Electricity was cut across large parts of South Africa as state power utility Eskom cut power supply for the first time since April 2008. National load shedding started at 9am and would be rotational in two-hour sessions until 10pm on Thursday evening. Picture: Michel Bega
Power utility Eskom warned that load shedding was a real possibility over the next few days after the utility lost some of its generating units, resulting in an “extremely tight” power system.
“Eskom will use all necessary emergency resources at its disposal, but should the demand not decrease, load shedding will be implemented as a last resort to protect the national grid from a total shutdown,” Eskom said in a statement on Thursday.
Load shedding schedules are available from its call centre on 0860 037 566 or click here.