Load-shedding begins today

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

The beginning of Eskom's planned load-shedding across the country today is bad news for consumers and especially for businesses.

The power cuts are expected to last for at least the next two months.

Eskom is trying to reduce the use of electricity by all customers across the country by 3000 megawatt.

Eskom announced earlier this month it was compelled to enforce the power cuts because consumers had failed to lower their demand for electricity by the 10percent required by the power utility.

The load-shedding is expected to last at least 6 hours every two weeks. But Johannesburg City Power plans to interrupt power in Gauteng for four hours three times every two weeks.

Eskom said 15 percent of the average home energy bill goes to heating water and has urged consumers to take five-minute showers instead of baths.