Eskom, the South African power utility, confirmed that the load shedding process would continue until Sunday due to plant breakdowns and insufficient diesel and water resources.
As Eskom still struggles to meet the national grid’s demand, residents across the whole country are likely to experience additional non-scheduled blackouts.
According to the statement, the consumers were urged to use electricity sparingly as switching off all non-essential devices would significantly help the utility normalise the grid’s load.
Despite the efforts made, the company does not rule out that similar measures may be implemented during the next week and has set a high risk of additional power cuts.
“The system outlook for next week further indicates a high risk and that up to Stage 2 load shedding may be implemented until the middle of next week,” the statement said.