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Johannesburg - Power utility Eskom confirmed that stage 1 load shedding has ended but added that the risk for more load shedding on Friday remained high.

Earlier, Eskom has announced that it was implementing stage 1 rotational load shedding from 12pm until 10pm.

This was due to "increased generation plant being out for planned maintenance and unplanned outages". 

The load shedding requires 1000MW to be load shed across the country.

Eskom in a statement confirmed that load shedding had been terminated at 9pm, an hour earlier than expected.

"The risk of Stage 1 load shedding remains high for tomorrow [Friday]. This is as a result of generation plant being out for planned maintenance and a higher than expected number of units (approximately 9000 MW) on unplanned maintenance due to technical faults. 

"In addition, Cahora Bassa hydropower plant is supplying 700 MW less to the grid as a result of a damaged transmission line, which occurred late on Wednesday.

The power utility said if customers continued experiencing outages for longer periods than announced, they should contact their local supplier as this may be a localised power outage.

Eskom thanked citizens for using electricity sparingly and industrial customers for their participation in load curtailment on Thursday. It added that it would keep customers informed of any changes to the system.

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