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Eskom makes progress as load shedding continues

Eskom says it has made significant progress in building up power reserves for this week.

Eskom's Megawatt Park offices in Sunninghill. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it has made significant progress in building up power reserves for this week and will only implement stage one of load shedding and not stage two today.

Rolling blackouts were expected to start a short while ago.

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.

Eskom says the Cahora-Bassa hydroelectric power station in Mozambique will undergo maintenance this morning.

South Africa imports a portion of its electricity from the scheme.

The utility's Andrew Etzinger said, "We still need to make up for capacity lost but the situation is much better than yesterday."

At the same time, 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.

Etzinger says Bryanston has now been taken off today's load shedding schedule.

"The substation will need to be repaired but we've managed to get an alternative plan to get power to Bryanston."

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