Stage 1 load shedding for Thursday, confirms Eish-kom!

Power utility Eskom has confirmed that it will implement stage 1 load shedding from 11 am until 11 pm on Thursday.

Read: 'Even a well-run, corruption-free Eskom cannot succeed'

According to Eskom, this decision was due to a lack of generating capacity.

Eskom group executive for generation, Andrew Etzinger says there is load shedding because a number of its generating plants have gone out of service leading to a deficit.

The demand for electricity is a little higher than we expected today, about 600 megawatts higher than we anticipated.

Andrew Etzinger, Group executive for generation - Eskom

It is higher than our available capacity from a generational point of view and unfortunately, that means we have to implement stage 1 load shedding to bring the two back into one again.

Andrew Etzinger, Group executive for generation - Eskom

Three large generators went out of service, including those from Mudupi and Kusile power stations, leading to a gap which Eskom couldn't make up.

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