Stage 2 load-shedding implemented for Saturday

File: Eskom and Nersa are back in court over electricity tariffs.

File: Eskom and Nersa are back in court over electricity tariffs.


JOHANNESBURG - Eskom continues with rolling blackouts until 11pm.

The embattled power utility has been struggling to keep the lights on since Thursday afternoon.

On Friday, the utility escalated its load-shedding from Stage 2 to Stage 4 and from 11pm Friday night it shifted back to Stage 2.

Increased electricity demand and capacity challenges are being blamed.

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Eskom blamed days of "incessant rain" in several parts of the country.

"We are beginning to experience coal-handling problems at a number of our power stations as a result of wet coal," said the statement.

"If the weather persists, we are likely to implement load-shedding through the weekend."

Rolling blackouts in February and March plunged businesses, homes and schools into darkness for hours on end.

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Load-shedding resumed again in October when government unveiled plans to restructure the company and orient it towards more renewable sources of energy.

Eskom says load-shedding is required to protect the system to prevent a national blackout.

It's urging consumers to use electricity sparingly.

- Additional reporting AFP