Eskom: Uninterrupted power not guaranteed

The power utility warns that electricity supply will remain under intense pressure over the next 48 hours.

FILE. The power utility warns that electricity supply will remain under intense pressure over the next 48 hours. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has warned electricity supply over the next 48 hours will remain under intense pressure while it battles to restore full capacity at its Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga.

Rolling blackouts hit the country last weekend following the collapse of a coal silo at the station and the power plant had to be taken offline.

In a separate crisis, a substation in a Johannesburg suburb experienced problems on Tuesday, plunging parts of the city into darkness.

Eskom has warned that the Majuba Power Station is still not running at full capacity.

It's warned of load shedding today and on Thursday, but the utility's Andrew Etzinger says the national grid is looking strong.

However, he says, uninterrupted power cannot be guaranteed.

"There are no guarantees at this stage, unfortunately, but we certainly are in a far better position than we thought we would be."

A substation in City Deep crashed twice in 24 hours this week, causing widespread blackouts in Johannesburg and heavy traffic tailbacks.

However, this has since been resolved.

To read the full load shedding schedule, click here.