Johannesburg - Embattled power utility Eskom on Friday implemented stage one loadshedding at 6am due to a shortage of power generating capacity.

“It is important to note that Eskom implements loadshedding as a necessary measure to protect the power system and to ensure that maintenance is carried out in order to guarantee that a reliable supply of electricity can be maintained in the long term,” it said in a statement.

“Eskom calls on all customers to reduce the load on the electricity grid by urgently switching off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances throughout the day, which will reduce electricity demand.”

The loadshedding would continue until 10pm.