By Mia Lindeque for Eyewitness News
Eskom says its implementing stage two loadshedding at 8 am.
The utility says it’s battling with several breakdowns of generation units at its plants, which have taken 2 0000 megawatts off the grid.
The blackouts are expected to last until at least 10 pm.
However, Eskom is warned of a high possibility it may ramp up loadshedding to stage three for the evening peak period.
Eskom’s Sikonathi Mantshantsha said: “Eskom regrets informing the country that starting from 8 am this morning, we will have to implement loadshedding stage 2. This is due to the increase in breakdowns overnight and this morning. We will be implementing stage 2 loadshedding, as we have had additional breakdowns overnight.”
Tens of thousands of people on the west rand, the Vaal and Soweto had their power cut at 5am already.
Eskom says its implemented so-called “load reduction” in these areas to prevent network overloading.
Power was expected to be restored to these communities at 9 am, and it’s not yet clear how loadshedding will impact them after that.