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Eskom downgrades load-shedding to stage 1

This comes after South Africans had to endure stage 4 and stage 2 power cuts earlier in the week after the power utility experienced multiple breakdowns of its generation units.

Eskom said this was necessary to replenish the emergency generation reserves which were depleted this past week.

It warned the grid remained unstable and vulnerable, and urged South Africans to use electricity sparingly.

Earlier on Friday, Eskom had also announced it had summarily suspended the managers of the Tutuka and Kendal power stations, saying the country’s load-shedding crisis was being “exacerbated by serious issues of apathetic behaviour” by some top staff.