Eskom implements stage four load shedding on Saturday afternoon

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JOHANNESBURG, March 16 – Power blackouts, or “load shedding”, has moved to stage four on Saturday afternoon “due to the loss of additional [generating] capacity, which includes reduction in imports from Mozambique”, embattled state-owned power supplier Eskom said on Saturday.

“The situation remains tight and volatile and we may have to implement further load shedding should the situation deteriorate. Depending on how quickly we can restore power, this may impact the prognosis for tomorrow [Sunday] and next week,” Eskom said in a statement.

Stage three called for 3000MW to be rotationally load shed nationally at a given period. Load shedding was conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.

“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,” the parastatal said.

For Eskom customers, these 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. (ANA)