Eskom warned that Stage 2 loadshedding could be implemented from 9:00 to 23:00 today.
This load shedding will begin at 9am and is expected to last until 11pm.
Eskom in a brief tweet on Wednesday morning cited a shortage of capacity as the reason for the implementation of Stage 2 load shedding.
It remains unclear which areas would be affected by the power cuts at this stage.
#PowerAlert Due to a shortage of capacity stage 2 loadshedding is to be implemented from 9 am to 11pm today. Media statement with more details to follow @CityPowerJhb @City_Ekurhuleni @CityTshwane @CityofJoburgZA @CityofCT @ewnupdates @SABCNewsOnline @IOL @eNCA @SAgovnews
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) October 16, 2019
The DA in a statement had claimed that the energy provider had plans to initiate load shedding.
The DA’s Natasha Mazzone had reportedly written a letter to Eskom chairperson, Jabu Mabuza, asking him to confirm that a warning letter had been issued, from Eskom, to municipalities. She had given Mabuza 24 hours to respond.
Responding to Mazzone’s statement, Eskom said they had not communicated to any stakeholder that there will be load shedding.
A new plan to deal with Eskom, which will probably be split into generation, transmission and distribution units, is supposed to be discussed in cabinet today.
Earlier this week, President Cyril Ramaphosa said government will announce its plan to deal with Eskom’s R450bn debt pile in the next days.
“I think Moody’s and others will be happy with the announcements made,” Ramaphosa said.
More than 270 hours of loadshedding contributed to South Africa’s economy shrinking by 3.2% in the first quarter of this year. While avoiding a recession in the second quarter, the economy has been struggling.
The surprise announcement comes barely a month after the power utility dismissed claims it was planning to implement load shedding any time soon.