Eskom: Majuba collapse probe could take 6 months

The CE says the utility won't speculate on the cause of the collapse until all the facts are in.

Eskom chief executive Tshediso Matona.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the investigation into the silo collapse at the Majuba Power Station could take up to six months.

The utility's chief executive Tshediso Matona briefed the media today about the progress being made at the Mpumalanga power station after Saturday's collapse.

The country's system has now stabilised and no load shedding is expected.

Matona said an investigation into the silo collapse was underway, but the utility would not speculate about what caused it until they had all the facts.

He again emphasised that the utility was not aware of any damage or deterioration at the silo, which was last checked in September, prior to the collapse.

A silo generally has a life span of 50 years, and the coal-fired plant is one of Eskom's newest, only opening in 1996.

While there's no load shedding on the cards for today or the weekend, Matona warned that the country's power grid remained vulnerable and urged customers to switch off non-essential appliances during peak hours.