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Eskom makes progress but load shedding continues

Stage two load shedding is set to continue around the country this morning from 8am to 10pm.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Stage two load shedding is set to continue around the country this morning from 8am to 10pm.

Stage two means the frequency of power cuts has been increased.

This is the third consecutive weekend of power cuts.

Eskom says it's still battling to deal with depleted water and diesel reserves and technical problems at its power stations.

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

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

However, last night, Eskom said it was confident that all generators would be running by this morning and it would only need to implement stage two load shedding.

Two major generators required major maintenance on Friday while others were hampered by the lack of diesel.

Stage one allows for up to 1,000 megawatts of the national load to be shed and stage two for up to 2,000 megawatts.

The power utility is hoping to stabilise the grid before Christmas as some large industries will be closed.

Energy expert Chris Yelland says Eskom has been working hard to rectify a lack of generation in the national grid.

"The problem is not with the dedication and commitment of the good staff at Eskom, the problem is vision and adequate strategic thinking."

For a detailed load shedding schedule, click here.