High risk of load shedding, warns Eskom

Eskom is being forced to implement rolling black outs amid an electricity crisis. (Shutterstock)
Eskom is being forced to implement rolling black outs amid an electricity crisis. (Shutterstock)

Johannesburg - The chances of load shedding for Tuesday was high and the system would remain highly constrained throughout the week, the Eskom spokesperson told Fin24.

"So far the system is very constrained. There is a high risk of load shedding later this afternoon," said spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe.

"We have not implemented it yet and are asking customers to reduce the load."

While winter is still about two months away, South Africans experienced a chilly Easter, with many customers resorting to heaters to keep themselves warm.

This has added an unnecessary amount of electricity usage and has increased the demand for electricity, said Phasiwe.

“We call on South Africans to postpone using heaters as winter has not arrived yet,” said Phasiwe.

"The situation is not looking good for today and the rest of the week."

Eskom said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that "the load shedding prognosis for today is high dependent on the performance of the power plant".

"As the power system is constrained and vulnerable any unexpected changes could lead to load shedding at short notice. Eskom will continue to provide updates."

Stay on top of load shedding with News24's GridWatch.

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