Eskom tweets that power has been restored to all areas

2014-03-07 08:30

Eskom’s power emergency has been lifted, the power utility said on its Twitter account. “Urgent Notice #Eskom lifted the power emergency at 10pm. Power has been restored in all areas,” it tweeted last night.

Today around 7.30am, however, the Eskom load shedding website still had the warning: “Eskom is currently load shedding in stage two.”

The stage two power cut plan aims at saving up to 2 000 megawatts.

Spokesperson Andrew Etzinger was not immediately available for comment.

At 6am yesterday, Eskom announced a power emergency caused by heavy rains, which wet its coal stocks.

Large industrial customers were asked to reduce consumption by 10% and the public was asked to conserve electricity to help ease demand on the power grid.

In Tshwane, power was cut for about two hours yesterday.

The areas affected included Waterkloof, Pumulani, Koedoespoort, Tonnel, Mayville, Highlands, Soshanguve, Montana, Rosslyn and Pretoria North.

Joburg’s affected areas included Hillbrow, Berea, Houghton, Parktown, Rosebank, Hyde Park, Inanda, Alexandra, Rembrandt Park, Sunningdale and Lombardy.

The City of Cape Town initiated “stage three” power cuts and suburbs in Port Elizabeth were also affected.

Eskom urged the public to continue to use electricity sparingly.

This morning, Johannesburg City Power issued a load shedding schedule as a precaution.

Spokesperson Sol Masolo said: “As we speak now, there is no load shedding. We have the schedule just in case [the emergency resumes].”

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