Eskom: Power demand to remain low

The parastatal says it expects no load shedding for the rest of the week.

FILE: The parastatal says electricity demand is expected to remain low this week. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Electricity demand is expected to remain low this week, Eskom said on Sunday.

This means there won't be a need to implement load shedding, the parastatal said.

Earlier this month, Eskom was forced to implement stage-three load shedding due to the high demand for electricity.

The power utility said it's in the process of building new power stations and is working hard to improve the performance of its existing plants.

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said, "The week between Christmas and New Year's Eve is characterised by low electricity demand. It's in fact the week of the lowest electricity demand throughout the year.

"Electricity demand will step up in the week when schools go back. That's when economic activity returns to normal levels."

The power giant has been battling to stabilise the national grid after a coal silo collapsed at the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga last month.

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

At the same time, government announced it would design and launch a procurement process to build 9,600 megawatts of nuclear power plants.