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Eskom denies load-shedding rumours

Reports this morning quote 'insiders' saying the utility is planning load shedding.

Eskom says while electricity supply will be tight over the next three months, it has denied any formal plans for load shedding. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says maintenance being conducted over the next three months will keep electricity supply tight but has denied any formal plans for load shedding.

Reports this morning quote 'insiders' saying that the power utility is planning load shedding for two weeks of each of the three months.

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says although the next three months will be tight from a system point of view, there is certainly no intention to begin load shedding.

"At this stage, we are in pretty much the same situation we were in last year."

This year will see the departure of Eskom CEO Brian Dames and experts say his replacement will face a large challenge.

Dames announced his resignation in December due to personal reasons.

His resignation comes at a critical time for the power utility as two major power stations are due to launch.

Energy expert and managing editor at EE Publishers Chris Yelland believes Planning Minister Trevor Manuel is the best person to replace Dames.

Speaking to 567 CapeTalk/Talk Radio 702's Bruce Whitfield late on Wednesday, Yelland said he believed Manuel would be best suited for the job.

He said Eskom is struggling to be sustainable and is running "close to the edge" in terms of its capacity.

Yelland said Eskom should focus on sustainable management rather than crisis management.

"We're looking for a leader with a deep understanding of the South African economy, the National Development Plan, how state-owned enterprises work, how municipalities work and how they are financed. That person needs to understand finance, be it international finance, local finance or corporate finance."

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