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Eskom warns of possible load shedding

The utility has been experiencing problems since the collapse of a silo at the Majuba Power Station.

FILE: Eskom has been experiencing problems since the collapse of a silo at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga earlier this month. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says there's a high risk of load shedding, especially if demand increases during the evening peak.

The utility has been experiencing problems since the collapse of a silo at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga earlier this month.

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

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says the power grid is right on the edge.

"If we do pick up technical problems or if the demand picks up we could be in a spot of bother. Thursday evening is typically a time of great vulnerability for the grid."

At the same time, Eskom has 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.

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.