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It's lights out…again – Eskom to implement Stage 3 load shedding from 9am

The struggling power utility says despite some of its units returning to service on Friday night, they have has to accommodate the shortage of capacity and replenish reserves.

In his State of the Nation Address on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said while load shedding was unlikely to end any time soon, it should be done in a way that caused the least disruption to businesses and households.

The president acknowledged the impact of power cuts on the country’s economy and its citizens.

Ramaphosa said while Eskom worked to get its power plants in order, the government would take a number of steps to secure energy from outside of Eskom to ease pressure on the grid.

Additional reporting by Gaye Davis and Kevin Brandt

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