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Eskom: Load shedding remains low risk

Eskom says despite the wet weather, the situation remains positive tonight with no blackouts expected.

FILE: Two weeks ago, the country experienced rolling blackouts after a coal silo collapsed at the Majuba Power Station. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the country's power system remains stable with the risk of load shedding remaining low this week.

Two weeks ago, the country experienced rolling blackouts after a coal silo at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga collapsed, putting the power grid under more strain.

Since then, the situation has improved, despite a general lack of generating capacity countrywide which may only change when new power plants are brought on board.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says despite the wet weather, the situation remains positive tonight with no blackouts expected.

"The system is under control but the demand is higher than expected for a sunny day, nevertheless we don't expect load shedding."

Meanwhile, the power utility said last week the investigation into the silo collapse at Majuba could take up to six months.

Eskom'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.