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Eskom: Burning questions to be answered

This comes after months of problems at various power stations including the recent collapse of a silo.

Power lines running to a coal power station near Johannesburg. Picture: Kim Ludbrook/EPA.

CAPE TOWN - Questions on whether South Africans will experience rolling black outs during the festive season are expected to be answered tomorrow when Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona briefs the nation on the parastatal's action plan.

This comes after months of problems at various power stations including the recent collapse of a silo at Majuba.

The power utility implemented stage 3 load shedding on Friday and Saturday.

Today the country is in stage 2 until 10 pm this evening.

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says, "We will also be providing detailed information on a coal silo collapse, the diesel supply situation, a major concern at the moment and an update on the Medupi Power Station which is going to be coming online very soon."

This is the third weekend of power cuts after the utility warned on Friday that it had a major problem and declared stage three load shedding.

The parastatal has been experiencing problems since the collapse of a coal silo at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga last month.

That collapse led to rolling blackouts across the country on 2 November.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger said, "We are busy with load shedding stage two and will continue with that for the rest of Sunday. The pump storage power stations are recovering well and will put us in a good position for Monday."

Yesterday the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) said the current electricity crises could have been averted had government invested more in the power utility.

The union warned that load shedding will have a disastrous effect on jobs and the country's ailing economy.

Click here to view Eskom's load shedding schedule.

Click here for an interactive map of the load shedding schedule in Cape Town.