“Due to a shortage of capacity, Eskom will implement Stage 1 rotational load shedding from 11 am today and is likely to continue until 11pm,” said the power utility on Thursday.
Stage 1 calls for 1000MW to be rotationally load shed nationally at a given period.
The power utility reminded its customers to treat all electrical points as live during load shedding.
“We continue to appeal to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this period. Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand.”
For Eskom customers, load shedding schedules are available on the Eskom website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za). Eskom customers can also contact the customer contact centre at 0860 037 566.
Load shedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.