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Due to a shortage of capacity, Eskom will implement Stage 2 rotational loadshedding from 08h00 today (Friday, 15 March).

The power utility estimates that this is likely to continue until 23h00.

Eskom alerted customers that the risk of Stage 2 rotational loadshedding remained high as a result of a shortage of capacity due to a number of generating units still out of service due to breakdowns.

Stage 2 calls for 2,000MW to be rotationally loadshed nationally at a given period. Loadshedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.

Yesterday (Thursday, 14 March), Eskom terminated the rotational loadshedding at 22h45.

"Customers are reminded to treat all electrical points as live during loadshedding.

Eskom appeals 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," said a media statement.

For Eskom customers, these schedules are available on the Eskom website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za). Eskom customers can also contact our customer contact centre at 0860 037 566.