Eskom: ‘Load shedding not necessary’

On Thursday Eskom declared a power emergency, saying reserve margins were extremely low.

Eskom's Megawatt Park offices in Sunninghill. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Power utility Eskom says it won't be necessary to implement load shedding as the power emergency state has been lifted.

On Thursday Eskom declared a power emergency, saying reserve margins were extremely low due to technical problems at their four major power generating plants.

It says although the situation has improved, consumers should continue to use electricity sparingly this weekend as these generators are still being repaired.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says, "As far as the weekend is concerned, the amount of electricity is naturally lower over the weekend and we're using the opportunity for our upper dams at our pump storage power stations as well as to cut back on diesel generation which is very expensive."