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Eskom: No load shedding expected

The power utility however says it’s still urging the public to use electricity sparingly.

FILE. Eskom has urged the public to use electricity sparingly. Picture: EPA

JOHANNESBURG - While some parts of the country will be gripped by cold and wet weather this weekend, Eskom says it's not expecting any load shedding.

The power utility is still urging the public to use electricity sparingly.

Several weeks ago, the country was plunged into darkness due to massive power cuts.

The national electricity grid is under pressure after a silo collapsed at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga.

The collapse led to rolling blackouts across the country on 2 November.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says, "The grid is stable and for Friday as well as the weekend, we're not expecting there to be load shedding. We are however asking our customers to please use electricity sparingly as we do have an underlying constraint."

At the same time, Eskom last week said the investigation into the silo collapse at the Majuba Power Station could take up to six months.

The utility's chief executive Tshediso 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.