SA in for a powerless weekend

More load shedding is expected from this morning as Eskom battles to keep up its diesel and water reserves.

FILE:More load shedding is expected across South Africa this morning as Eskom battles to keep up its diesel and water reserves. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - More load shedding is expected across South Africa this morning as Eskom battles to keep up its diesel and water reserves.

The power system has remained severely constrained for the past few months due to a unit outage at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga as well as ongoing maintenance.

Last month, a coal silo at Majuba collapsed which led to rolling blackouts across the country.

Spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says in a few hours there'll also be rolling blackouts.

"This morning will be tough as the system is strained so the load shedding is inevitable."

This comes after the country experienced a second consecutive weekend of rolling blackouts at the weekend.

The weekend blackouts were due to general upkeep measures at the Cahora-Bassa hydroelectric power station in Mozambique.

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

Meanwhile, Eskom is planning countrywide power cuts over the weekend to build up reserves of diesel and water to its pump generating stations.

The utility says the grid will remain under pressure again today and the risk of load shedding remains high.

Yesterday, Eskom implemented countrywide load shedding between 4pm and 10pm.

But Etzinger says there's no need for panic.

"We don't let the system drift into a state of collapse, we are in control and apologise for the inconvenience but we do need to bring supply and demand into balance, which is what we're doing."