'Low risk of load shedding this weekend'
Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says the power situation has moved into positive territory.
JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says there's a low risk of load shedding over the long weekend despite the power grid being severely strained this week.
Yesterday, the power giant declared a systems emergency and urged major customers to reduce electricity consumption by at least 10 percent.
Load shedding was implemented for one hour on Wednesday evening, the second time that planned power cuts occurred this year.
Eskom's Andrew Etzinger said the situation moved into positive territory.
"The situation is promising as the grid is stable and the demand for electricity is under control."
With no official end to the platinum strike, ratings agency The Fitch Group issued a strong warning to South Africa after revising its outlook on the economy from stable to negative.
Fitch said the ongoing mass action and constrained electricity supply were both factors in its revision