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Eskom: electricity situation stable

The utility says while the grid is still vulnerable, the situation has improved since yesterday.

The power utility says while the grid is still vulnerable, the situation has improved since yesterday.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says while the power grid is still vulnerable, the situation has improved compared to yesterday.

Several technical problems this week forced the utility to declare a power emergency, but this has since been lifted.

But industrial business and commercial clients are still being asked to scale down on electricity usage.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger's says "Compared to yesterday we have slightly more capacity available and the demand for electricity is slightly lower. So all in all we are in a better situation than yesterday, but nevertheless we are very vulnerable and have very low reserves at the moment."

Etzinger says if there are technical problems they will need to reassess the situation.

This was the second time since November that an emergency has been declared by the parastatal.

Last time, the utility said emergency maintenance work meant customers had to cut usage.

Since then, CEO Brian Dames resigned from his role at the company, citing personal reasons.