Eskom: We're not out of the woods yet

Eskom says load shedding was avoided as the public reduced power usage.

Eskom says load shedding was avoided as the public reduced power usage. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Eskom says load shedding was avoided last week because the public responded to its calls to reduce their power usage.

The power utility's national grid was under severe strain last week, with rising fears of rolling black outs.

Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi says consumers still need to cut their power usage.

"While Eskom and key customers worked hard to prevent a system collapse last week we need to get everyone to share the load in future," says Tsotsi.

"We are not yet out of the woods, our power system remains tight. Our call to all South Africans is louder than ever before."

On Thursday last week, 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.