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Power issues continue to plague SA

The utility's Andrew Etzinger says the power system is still under strain.

FILE: Power problems continue to plague South Africa and particularly Johannesburg with several blackouts in the past few days. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Power problems continue to plague South Africa and particularly Johannesburg with several blackouts in the past few days.

Extreme weather conditions, rain and even a severe storm which resulted in a mini tornado in Soweto south of Johannesburg, all played a part in some of the outages experienced this week.

Eskom implemented load shedding at the weekend due to increased demand country wide and the system will remain constrained for the foreseeable future.

The power utility says it has tried to implement load shedding over the weekends instead of during the week when electricity cuts will affect business.

The utility's Andrew Etzinger says the power system is still under strain.

"We are not implementing load shedding but it's very tight. We began our cycle of new turbines that burn diesel before 6am."

Johannesburg has also experienced sporadic outages in several suburbs due to weather, technical faults and cable theft which are an ongoing issue.

City Power's Louis Pieterse says these issues must be reported.

South Africans meanwhile have been urged to use electricity sparingly during peak hours.

At the moment, diesel is being used to run open gas turbines to make up for the shortage in generating capacity, but the reserves are running out despite more fuel arriving in the country on Monday.

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