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Eskom's woes continue with another day of load shedding

Eskoms says the Cahora-Bassa hydroelectric power station in Mozambique will undergo maintenance today.

Eskoms says the Cahora-Bassa hydroelectric power station in Mozambique will undergo maintenance today. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Load shedding is set to begin countrywide with major maintenance planned for today.

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.

Eksom's Andrew Etzinger said, "Cahora-Bassa provides 1,500 megawatts of electricity so we will be load shedding more or less that amount to make up for that."

Meanwhile, Eskom says it will launch a joint investigation with City Power to establish the cause of a fire at a sub-station in Bryanston last night.

No injuries or fatalities were reported and ER24 officials on the scene said City Power officials had been alerted.

Etzinger says supply will be restored as soon as possible.

Last week the power utility warned 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.

Consumers can check the load shedding schedules by clicking here.