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Eskom: Load shedding could be over for 2014

Eskom says it hopes the past weekend’s load shedding was the last for 2014 as more maintenance is expected.

Eskom says it hopes the past weekend’s load shedding was the last for 2014 as more maintenance is expected. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says pre-emptive load shedding measures over the past two weeks have allowed the country to avoid a national blackout.

In recent weeks the national grid has been strained due to ailing diesel reserves, wet weather conditions and maintenance at power stations.

Another bout of load shedding was implemented over the weekend due to general upkeep measures at the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric power station in Mozambique.

While Eskom says it hopes the load shedding was the last for the year, more maintenance can be expected this festive season.

The power utility's Andrew Etzinger says, "Heading into the festive period, we will be doing a lot of maintenance, although the demand for electricity will be lighter as well. All in all, I think on balance we'll do our best to avoid load shedding but we can't rule it out unfortunately."

Eskom says it's built up enough reserves to meet this week's energy demands.

It says that public consumption will dictate whether or not more load shedding will be rolled out this week.

Etzinger says, "As to whether the reserves last the entire coming week will depend on the extent that they need to be run in that week … and that's where we're continuing to urge business and home owners to please use electricity very sparingly."

Meanwhile, South Africans seem to have lost faith in Eskom and have taken to social media to express their frustrations over load shedding.

If you think the lack of electricity is bad, you should see what Eskom are doing to the value of our rands. #LoadShedding

Carols by candlelight, cold dinner by candlelight, reading by candlelight. A special Xmas brought to you this year by #eskom #loadshedding

Having #loadshedding on a Sunday night is worse than hearing the carte blanche theme music

Eskom. Your CEO and board should go to jail for what you're doing to the economy - oh, and Lynn Brown should be fired. Useless, all of you.