Eskom began with Stage 1 load shedding on Friday morning and according to the utility the power cuts are expected to continue until 9pm tonight.

The utility says the power cuts are due to the impact of the current illegal protest action by some its employees at various sites over wage increases.

Eskom adds that it is working with all the relevant stakeholders to keep its plant operating optimally however there is a high risk of load shedding over the weekend.

“Eskom calls on all consumers to assist by reducing their electricity consumption by switching off geysers, electric heating, pool pumps, and all non-essential appliances throughout the day,” the utility notes.

“We would like to thank our workers who have continued working under very difficult circumstances and all South Africans who have heeded the call to action to use electricity sparingly,” it concludes.

Eskom is load shedding according to the published load shedding schedules, which are available on the Eskom website ( or at local municipalities if you are a municipal customer.

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