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Update, Fri 1 Mar, 11am: Still no signs of load shedding from Eskom. Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe on Friday morning noted that the “national grid remains constrained”.
“No loadshedding at this stage,” he added in a subsequent tweet.
“Should there be a need to implement loadshedding, we certainly will inform you about which stage it will be. For now, please continue to use electricity efficiently so that we can reduce pressure on the grid, and minimise the risk of loadshedding.”
Update, Thu 28 Feb, 8.30pm: Eskom announced that load shedding would not be implemented on Thursday evening. However the “risk of load shedding for Friday and the weekend remains high,” it tweeted.
Load shedding was averted as “some generating units” were returned to service.
“Our maintenance teams continue to work around the clock to bring units back online,” the utility added.
Original article: Charge those smartphones. Grab those gas stoves.
Eskom spokesperson on Thursday Khulu Phasiwe announced that there’s a “high risk” that the electricity utility will be implementing load shedding from 2pm on Thursday until the end of the weekend.
The enterprise blamed a “shortage of generation capacity” for the situation.
“While the risk remains high,” Eskom continued in a press release, “load shedding will only be implemented if absolutely necessary.”
Eskom suggests that if implemented, Stage 1 load shedding would be likely until 10pm today.
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Editor’s note: This story will be updated with new information as it is made available.
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