Eskom still under huge pressure
While the power utility has lifted its declared emergency status, it says the system remains very tight.
JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says despite lifting its electricity emergency declaration, the system remains very tight.
This week the power utility asked its industrial customers to cut consumption by 10 percent and asked consumers to switch off non-essential appliances as maintenance work continued.
But load-shedding timetables remain in place as a precautionary measure.
The last time Eskom declared a supply emergency was in 2008, which saw rolling blackouts across the country after the power house implemented load shedding.
Spokesman Andrew Etzinger says the power grid is still under enormous pressure.
"Demand definitely came down, which increased our reserve margin. Our generation plant performed better than it had on Tuesday. Our reserve margin has recovered and we were in a position to lift the emergency status."
At the same time, some are warning that the troubles at Eskom go beyond the latest setback.
Load-shedding schedules have been published on Eskom's website and are similar to the ones used during rolling blackouts in 2008.
To view load-shedding schedules in your area, click here.