Eskom: Load shedding shifts into high gear

2015-01-26 16:25

Power utility Eskom has moved its power cuts from Stage 1 to 2, it has announced on Twitter.

“Load shedding has moved from Stage 1 to Stage 2 as of 3pm,” Eskom tweeted today.

Power cuts would continue until 10pm, it said.

Stage 1 allows for up to 1000MW of the national load to be shed, Stage 2 for up to 2000MW, and Stage 3 for up to 4000MW.

“We do not know the reason why, we just received a call from Eskom to move to Stage 2,” said Johannesburg City Power spokesperson Sol Masolo.

“Eskom managers are apparently in an emergency meeting,” he said.

Earlier, Eskom said the power system was severely constrained due to unforeseen technical problems at power stations.

It asked shopping centres and office blocks to switch off non-essential lights and put photocopy machines and computers on standby after hours, and for people to switch off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps, and all non-essential appliances.

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