Eskom keeping the Christmas lights on

The power utility says no load shedding is expected on 25 December.

FILE: The power utility’s Andrew Etzinger says maintenance work will be done but no load shedding is expected. Picture: Facebook

CAPE TOWN - Eskom on Wednesday confirmed it would keep the festive lights burning over Christmas.

The power utility's Andrew Etzinger says maintenance work will be done but no load shedding is expected.

"The outlook for this weekend is certainly favourable. This is because of a very low demand for electricity. We will do a lot of maintenance over the next four days."

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

The parastatal's Chief Executive Officer Tshediso Matona last month warned South Africans that load shedding could become a reality for the next few months.

Government last week announced it would design and launch a procurement process to build 9,600 megawatts of nuclear power plants.