'Weekend load shedding will protect SA economy'

Eskom says it’s working hard to ensure that load shedding doesn’t hurt the economy.

FILE: Power lines in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says South Africa's power grid will remain constrained for the foreseeable future, especially during evening peaks.

This weekend load shedding was implemented once again after problems at the utility's Majuba Power Station because of wet weather conditions and a shortage of diesel reserves.

Rolling blackouts remain a possibility until the system is stabilised.

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.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says the utility implemented load shedding over the weekend when it was less disruptive for the economy.

"We must protect the economy and that's why we pre-emptively activated load shedding over the weekend to make sure that during the week we minimise the possibility of load shedding, particularly in the business sector."