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Eskom: Power grid stabilised

Eskom says there's a good chance that no load shedding will take place today.

Eskom says there's a good chance that no load shedding will take place today.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the country's power grid has stabilised and there's a good chance ">no load-shedding will take place today.

The power utility has also withdrawn the emergency status it announced on Thursday.

Eskom began implementing rolling blackouts across South Africa claiming that the relentless rain had caused the supply crisis.

Now it says the demand dropped significantly and the systems are stable.

The emergency was lifted at 10pm on Thursday night.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says they will assess the situation later this morning.

"We'll be able to confirm later this morning if another emergency will be declared and whether load shedding will be necessary. We're cautiously optimistic that we won't have to resort to an emergency."

ESKOM BLAMED FOR MISSING OPPORTUNITIES

On Thursday during load shedding, Eskom was accused of saying no to opportunities that would have seen private companies selling it electricity.

National Planning Commission member professor Anton Eherhard said Eskom has refused to take up opportunities where it could buy power from private producers.

"They often think they have cheaper access to capital, but when we look at their execution of projects we often see that they don't complete projects on time and often run over budget."

While Independent Power Producers Association chair Doug Kuni says government hasn't changed the laws to allow producers to sell to an independent grid.

He adds the law isn't changing.

"The acts before Parliament in this session have all been stifled and not made passage to Parliament this year."

This means Eskom is still the only large-scale producer at the moment.

Meanwhile, the Cape Chamber Of Commerce voiced its support for another major player in the energy sector as competition for Eskom.

The chamber said yesterday's power cuts were a clear indication of the chaos Eskom found itself in.

It said despite some businesses opting to use solar energy, there was a need for a bigger push to stop Eskom from being shielded from competition.

The chamber also believes there was a need for independent producers to sell electricity to an independently national run grid.

The organisation did, however, say it was impressed at the level of communication from Eskom during the scheduled power cuts.

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