Eskom has implemented Stage 6 rolling blackouts on Friday morning after the failure of eight generating units.
The power utility says a number of factors have led to the rapid depletion of energy reserves.
At 08:34 Stage 6 loadshedding was implemented. This was necessary due to the failure of 8 generating units overnight and the excessive reliance on OCGTs and pumped storage generation that is rapidly depleting these reserves.
Eskom will give a full update in due course.
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) December 16, 2022
Eskom has continued to call on South Africans to use electricity sparingly as the current energy crisis and blackouts are expected to continue.