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JOHANNESBURG - There is a low risk of rotational power load shedding on Sunday, but the probability will increase during the Sunday evening peak period from 5pm to 9pm due to the normal expected increase in demand, electricity parastatal Eskom said.

"Eskom will advise if load shedding will be conducted in either stage one, stage two, stage three, or stage four, dependent on the capacity shortage," Eskom said in a statement.

Stage one required 1000MW to be rotationally shed nation-wide, stage two required 2000MW, stage three 3000MW, and stage four called for up to 4000MW to be shed nationally at a given period. Load shedding was conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.

"We encourage residents and businesses to please use electricity sparingly to ease the demand of electricity. Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand.

"Customers are advised to keep checking their load shedding schedules on the Eskom or municipal website and plan on the assumption that load shedding will take place. For Eskom customers, these schedules are available on the Eskom website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za). Eskom customers can also contact our customer contact centre at 0860-037-566."

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African News Agency (ANA)