Load shedding will move from stage 1 to stage 2 from 18:00 to 22:00.

2015-02-11 16:09

Update 04:10

Cape Town - Eskom has announced that load shedding will move from stage 1 to stage 2 from 18:00 to 22:00.

In its most recent tweet Eskom urged "all electricity users to reduce their consumption".

Update 14:33

Eskom has announced stage 1 load shedding which it said is likely to continue from 14:00 on Wednesday until 22:00 in the evening.

In its load shedding alert Eskom said it will communicate accordingly if there is a need to roll out stage 2. “This is due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages,” the statement said.

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“The power system remains severely constrained and will remain so for the rest of this week. We therefore urge all electricity customers to reduce their consumption in order to reduce the severity of load shedding.”

According to Eskom there is a shortage of generation capacity due to units that are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned maintenance.

Stage 1 load shedding requires a reduction of 1 000MW, which means that 96% of South Africans still receive power.

— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) February 11, 2015

Earlier on Wednesday Eskom spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe, said “The power system is constrained. Our projection is that it will be more constrained later this afternoon and as a result the risk of load shedding is high for today [Wednesday] and the rest of the week".

Eskom has thanked customers who have responded to the call to reduce energy consumption.

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