No load shedding planned for this week

No load shedding over the holiday period is planned, although the system will remain constrained.

Eskom. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says there is no load shedding planned for this week and attributes this to business closures for the festive season.

It says although the system remains constrained it's not planning on load shedding over the holiday period.

The utility implemented rolling blackouts for three consecutive weekends due to limited generating capacity and several problems at power stations.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says, "Until people come back in the second week of January from holidays we're saying the system will remain contrained but stable during this period and we are not planning to do any load shedding at all."

Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma said government has taken measures to revitalise troubled state-owned enterprises.

It was announced during a post-cabinet briefing in Pretoria yesterday that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will oversee the turnaround of three state-owned entities namely Eskom, South African Airways and the South African Post Office.

Chief Economist Dr Azar Jammine says Eskom is presenting a number of challenges.

"The fundamental problem is still a lack of skills to ensure the lights stay on."

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

A technical team will ensure other interventions are implemented, such as co-generation opportunities.

Government is implementing an energy mix of solar, wind, coal, gas and nuclear to help increase generating capacity.

Yesterday it was confirmed that Eskom has sufficient funds to continue purchasing diesel until the end of January.