Stage 1 load-shedding commences - here's your Bay schedule

Eskom commenced with stage 1 load-shedding on Thursday evening due to the current industrial action in which some incidents of sabotage have been reported.

“Eskom commenced with Stage 1 load shedding at 17:41 today [14 June 2018]. We anticipate that this will continue until 8pm tonight. Eskom is load shedding according to the published load shedding schedules‚” the electricity parastatal said.

Earlier‚ Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe tweeted: “Due to severe power constraints‚ Eskom will implement stage 1 of loadshedding from now (17:50) until 20:00. Acts of intimidation and sabotage have resulted in Eskom being unable to ensure uninterrupted power supply.”

The power utility urged South Africans to reduce the risk of load-shedding by switching off geysers‚ heating‚ pool pumps‚ and all non-essential appliances on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm.

“The national power system will be constrained this evening as a result of ongoing industrial action.”

The power utility said in a statement it was working with other national structures and stakeholders to keep its power plants operational.

Earlier on Thursday, Nelson Mandela Bay city manager Johann Mettler said the municipality had received notification from Eskom regarding the possibility of load-shedding.

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