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No load shedding forecast for today, this week

This is the first weekend that residents have not been hit with rolling blackouts.

FILE: Eskom acting spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says he doesn't expect load shedding this week. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it expects no load shedding for the remainder of the weekend as the power grid has a stable power supply.

This is the first weekend that residents have not been hit with rolling blackouts after the power utility had to implement load shedding for the past three weekends.

Eskom acting spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says he doesn't expect load shedding this week.

"At this stage, the power system is still relatively stable and we are as a result not foreseeing any possibility of load shedding for the rest of the weekend and also into the new week."

Eskom says although the power system is now stable, it's urging South Africans to use power sparingly.

At the same time, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was appointed earlier this week to help turnaround Eskom, South African Airways and the South African Post Office.

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.

Eskom's inability to meet demand in December, when electricity usage usually dips, underscores the precarious state of South Africa's power supply due to years of underfunding.

The utility, which supplies virtually all of South Africa's power, said last month the government's promised R20 billion cash injection wouldn't be enough to ease funding constraints and help it avoid a credit downgrade.

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