Load shedding risk low this week

Eskom emphasised that due to the aging power station, load shedding is not being ruled out.

FILE: The parastatal's grid is still under severe pressure. Picture: EPA/OMER SALEEM.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the risk of load shedding this weekend is low but has warned that the situation could change at any time as its system remains vulnerable.

Eskom yesterday implemented stage one load shedding after one of its generators failed and says should this happen again it will be forced to revert back to power cuts.

The power utility has been under immense pressure since two coal silos at the Majuba Power Station collapsed in Mpumalanga last year.

Eskom spokesman Khulu Pasiwe explains, "Our power system is relatively stable. The risk of load shedding is low at this stage, however, we'd like to emphasise that because we are running a very old and vulnerable power system, there are times like yesterday when some of our generators break down and when they do, we have to revise our position."


The parastatal said it doubled its maintenance over the festive season but its efforts have fallen short of ruling out load shedding this year.

Although it has since stabilised, rolling blackouts are expected in the near future.

Eskom managed to make it through the festive season without implementing load-shedding, something many South Africans feared.

The utility's Andrew Etzinger said the company's technical team spent most of December maintaining existing power stations.

The power giant on Tuesday confirmed that one unit at the Medupi Power Station will go live in mid-2015 despite a missed December