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No load shedding expected next week

Eskom has battled to keep grid stable since a coal silo collapsed at Majuba Power Station.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has confirmed it expects no load-shedding next week although the system will remain constrained in January.

Eskom has battled to keep the grid stable since a coal silo collapsed at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga last month.

Since then the power utility has implemented regular load-shedding.

The power giant's Khulu Phasiwe says with businesses closed for the festive season, the demand for power has subsided.

He says this has given them space to do maintenance work before South Africans return to work in the second week of January.

"We will continue to have a very constrained but stable power system, as a result, we are not planning to implement load shedding."

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."

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.

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