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Load shedding cannot be ruled out - Gigaba

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba believes this will be the toughest winter in years.

ublic Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has warned that load shedding cannot be ruled out this winter.

His comments come as power utility Eskom battles with surging demand, while supply remains the same.

The minister believes this will be the toughest winter in years.

Gigaba said while Eskom must pull out all the stops to prevent rolling blackouts, he echoed calls by the parastatal for South Africans to save 10 percent electricity.

He said the recent floods in Mozambique increased the pressure on Eskom to meet the demand for electricity this winter.

"Some of our power stations are not performing as well as they should [be] and some of our supply mechanisms are not performing."

Gigaba said it is up to all South Africans to ensure load shedding does not happen, but admits the risk is there.

"At the moment, we are not anticipating it [load shedding]. For us to be able to say confidently that it won't happen, we need help from every single South African."

Gigaba also called on Eskom to find other ways of keeping the lights on.

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