Weekend power forecast looking bright

Eskom says the power grid is stable & there’s no immediate risk of rolling blackouts.

FILE. Eskom says the power grid is stable & there’s no immediate risk of rolling blackouts. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the power grid is stable going into the weekend, meaning there is no immediate risk of load shedding over the next few days.

The utility says it has managed to improve the performance of its generation fleet during the course of the week and gas turbines are about 50 percent full.

On Thursday, government announced a turnaround strategy for the parastatal, involving a war room, a five-point plan and the participation of the private sector.

Eskom has been battling diesel shortages and financial constraints, which has led to rolling blackouts over the last few weeks.

But spokesman Andrew Etzinger says the grid is now in a much healthier state.

"The good news is that at the moment if things stay as they are, there would be a very low risk of load shedding. We are in a good position going into the weekend. But we're also helped by the low electricity demand at this time of the year, as certain businesses wind down for the festive period."

Eskom has also been instructed to release a detailed financial report to Cabinet this month to show how it will cope next year in keeping the country's lights on.

This week, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona also urged South Africans to start planning their lives and businesses around load shedding because it's the reality for the foreseeable future.