Locals are in for a dark weekend, as Eskom has recently announced Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 9am today (January 31) to 6am Monday, February 3.

The load shedding is as a result of a “shortage of generation capacity and depleted emergency resources, which were used extensively to supplement capacity over the past few days.”

“We apologise to South Africans for the negative impact this may have on them,” says Eskom in a statement. “We want to assure the nation that critical maintenance is being done to units on planned outages as well as some of those on unplanned outages to ensure their timeous return to service.¬† We will use the weekend to replenish dam levels for pumped storage schemes and diesel for open cycle gas turbines.”

Eskom is monitoring the situation, and appeals to residents to use electricity sparingly.

Visit www.SavingElectricity.org.za for tips to save electricity and follow load-shedding developments on www.capetown.gov.za/loadshedding

Also read: Savvy tips for load shedding

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