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Eskom satisfied with energy build up

Eskom says satisfactory reserve levels have allowed it to keep the load shedding schedule at stage one.

Eskom says satisfactory reserve levels have allowed it to keep the load shedding schedule at stage one. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it's pleased with the amount of energy built up in its reserves through yesterday's load shedding schedule.

It was expected that stage two load shedding would be implemented today, however the utility says satisfactory reserve levels have allowed it to keep the schedule at stage one.

Eskom says it hopes to build up at least 2,000 megawatts of power reserves today to sustain the country throughout the week.

The power system is severely constrained due to limited diesel reserves, 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 the urgent planned maintenance.

Officials say today's load shedding is due to maintenance at a hydroelectric power station in Mozambique where South Africa imports a portion of its electricity.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger said, "Our reserves recovered very well yesterday, today our challenge is the maintenance taking place at the Cahora-Bassa hydroelectric power station in Mozambique, we are in a stronger position going into the week."

Furthermore, the power utility says it has now managed to restore power to the Bryanston area which has been affected following an explosion at a sub-station last night.

The utility will now work with City Power to establish the cause of the fire.

ESKOM ALMOST DEFRAUDED

The Hawks are investigating a possible syndicate after two Eskom employees were caught trying to defraud the power utility of billions of rands.

The pair were apprehended along with an accomplice during a sting operation at the weekend following a two month investigation.

Alarm bells were raised by the utility when they picked up fraudulent activity within their information technology department.

It's understood they had interfered with Eskom's payroll system in an attempt to siphon of over R3 billion.

The Hawks' Paul Ramaloko said they have a reason to believe there is a bigger syndicate at play.

Consumers affected by load shedding can check the schedules by clicking here.