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POWERALERT 1 Date: 21 March 2019 Eskom moves to Stage 1 and Stage 2 loadshedding...

Thursday, 21 March 2019: Eskom is currently implementing Stage 4 rotational load shedding which commenced at 09h00 and will continue until 23h00 today. Load shedding will continue shifting to Stage 1 from 23h00 this evening until 09h00 on Friday morning.

Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented on Friday, 22 March 2019 from 09h00 to 23h00. This is due to a shortage of capacity.

Load shedding is a highly controlled process, implemented

to protect the system and to prevent a total collapse of the system or a national blackout. During Stage 4 load shedding, approximately 80% of the country's demand is still being met.

Eskom's maintenance teams are working around th clock to return generation units to the electricity system.

Stage 1 calls for 1000MW, Stage 2 calls for 2000MW, Stage 3 for

3000MW and Stage 4 calls for 4000MW to be rotationally loadshed nationally at a given period.

We appeal to customers to switch off geysers during the day as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand. Remember to treat all electrical points as live during load shedding.

Customers are advised to keep checking their load shedding schedules on the Eskom and their municipal website. For Eskom customers, these schedules are available on the Eskom website ( Eskom customers can also contact our customer contact centre at 0860 037 566.

Eskom will provide regular updates on the status of the power system through all the media platforms.

We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience during this difficult period.

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