South Africa's third largest network, Cell C, has apologised to its users who were on Saturday left without network for approximately 2 hours. The network provider said in a tweet that the network outage was due to a data centre that "experienced a power surge due to load shedding, which tripped the air-conditioning".To make up for the outage, the provider said it would give each customer 1GB of data valid for five days and would notify customers when the data would be loaded. We want to thank our customers for their patience during the unprecedented network outage earlier today. To show our appreciation, we will provide each customer with 1GB of data valid for 5 days. We will notify you of when data will be loaded. Again, our sincere apologies.— Cell C (@CellC) December 1, 2018It said the power outage resulted in the multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) system, that enabled the routing of traffic on the network, to overheat and power down.Additional generators were deployed and the equipment was restored, it said. Many users took to social media to express their frustration over the network outage, some casting curses while others were concerned on what was going on. @CellC the worse network ever. Have had no service for the past hour ?? #cellcTime to change network— Lloyd Cele (@LloydCele) December 1, 2018What going on today? Is there a loss of network? @CellC @CellC_Support #Cellc I’ve had no signal for the past hour.— Eddie Maluleke (@EddieVMK) December 1, 2018 Been experiencing the network glitch since Thursday, mine must be double....and please be quick? Thank you?#cellc https://t.co/6bSPZE1aU6— MissLelo17March (@Lelo_More) December 1, 2018Eskom has said it will be forced to implement stage 2 load shedding between 16:00 and 22:00 on Saturday due to "continued pressure on the national grid". In Cape Town, city-managed areas started with stage 1 load shedding at 16:00. On Friday evening, the power utility had warned of a high chance of weekend power cuts. It said some generating units were not working due to planned maintenance, while a "higher than expected" number were offline because of technical faults.