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'Load shedding is inevitable'

Eskom says until its generating ability and finances improve, SA should be prepared for load shedding.

Eskom says until its generating ability and finances improve, SA should be prepared for load shedding. Picture: Free Images

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has warned until its generating ability and finances are greatly improved, South Africans should be prepared for more load shedding.

On Tuesday, the power giant released its interim report, painting a bleak picture of supply problems that will last well into March, as it battles with limited finances and fuel shortages.

Eskom says the grid remains under severe pressure and it will implement load shedding as and when necessary.

Eskom says it's facing the crisis of trying to balance high electricity demand with maintaining its aging generating plants.

Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona says load shedding during this maintenance is inevitable.

But he says the measure is necessary to prevent a total blackout.

"When we do load shedding, it's out of responsibility to prevent a total blackout."

Eskom concedes it needs new plants online to stabilise the situation.

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