Cape Town - State power utility Eskom said on Monday it would implement staggered power cuts, a day after enforcing the first load shedding since December 9 as its generating capacity came under renewed pressure.
"Eskom will implement Stage 2 rotational load shedding from 09h00 today and is likely to continue until 22:00," said the struggling utility, which has asked for annual tariff increases about three times the consumer inflation rate over the next three years.
"Although a number of generating units have returned to service as per the 9-point recovery plan, regrettably additional units continue to trip. This results in a shortage of generation capacity," it added.
Stage 2 powercuts mean 2 000 MW of electricity demand is curtailed at any given time, on a rotation basis, to protect the national power system from a total collapse or blackout.
Eskom has warned that this latest phase of loadshedding could last until April.