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Eskom building up reserves for next week

The power system remains under constrain due to the limited diesel reserves for the open gas turbines.

The power system remains under constrain due to the limited diesel reserves for the open gas turbines. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it's building up the required reserve power for the week ahead due to the stage two load shedding which is currently in place across the country.

The power system however remains under constrain due to the limited diesel reserves for the open gas turbines, weather conditions and ongoing problems at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga.

Earlier this month a coal silo at Majuba collapsed and that led to rolling blackouts across the country.

This weekend, however, limited generating capacity is due to urgent planned maintenance.

The parastatal's Andrew Etzinger said, "We'll make the final call for next week tomorrow but the load shedding we're doing now will put us in a good position sitting into the next week. The school holidays should help the situation."

Last weekend, there were rolling blackouts throughout the country and the system was extremely tight, with the wet weather in Gauteng adding to a difficult two days for consumers.

Eskom warned this week that rolling blackouts could continue into next year, as the power grid has come under strain due to a number of problems in recent months.

Generating capacity has been an issue for some time and this can only be rectified once new power stations come online.

The utility's Tony Stott says one of the main reasons for the blackouts this weekend is due to maintenance locally and abroad.

Customers can check the load shedding schedules by clicking here.

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