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Eskom: Power grid stable

The collapse of coal storage silo at the weekend forced Eskom to implement load shedding.

FILE: Eskom has announced that the national power grid has stabilised for the first time since the weekend. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has announced that the national power grid has stabilised for the first time since a coal storage silo collapsed at the Majuba Power Station at the weekend.

The collapse led to rolling blackouts across the country on Sunday.

The utility has not implemented load shedding since and has emphasised that all other electricity cuts must be reported to local service providers.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says the situation at Majuba has improved considerably and the risk of more load shedding remains low.

The utility had warned previously that the system was expected to be "under extreme pressure on Wednesday and Thursday."

LIGHTS OUT AT TSHWANE SCHOOLS

The Gauteng Department of Education has criticised the City of Tshwane's decision to disconnect the power supply at several schools in Pretoria.

Almost 40 schools now have no electricity after they failed to pay their water and lights bills.

The city says it has no choice as its owed billions of rands.

It says disconnecting the power supply at the schools is part of drastic measures to recover more than R6 billion owed to it by various entities.

Thirty eight of the 140 schools that owe money to the municipality now have no power.

Spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane says this couldn't come at a worse time for pupils.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has requested an urgent meeting with the city.