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Eskom using weekend to build up reserves

The power utility says the emergency reserves were nearly depleted last week.

Eskom's Kusile Power Station. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it's using this weekend to build up emergency reserves on the power grid in a bid to prevent load shedding this week.

Eskom implemented stage one load shedding last week after it said two generators went offline.

The power utility was forced to implement load shedding several times last year due to limited generating capacity, problems at some power stations and technical issues.

The utility has admitted that two thirds of its system is running on old equipment and outages are sometimes caused when the machines experience a shortage.

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says the emergency reserves were nearly depleted last week.

"We're using the emergency reserves and using the weekend to build the reserves so that when we start the new week we can be in a much better position."

Yesterday the parastatal said it has no plans to roll out more load shedding this weekend.

However officials maintain the situation is still unpredictable and have called for reduced power use.

ZUMA: ESKOM FAILURES THE RESULT OF APARTHEID

Yesterday President Jacob Zuma said the country's electricity problem is not a result of failed leadership but rather a legacy of apartheid.

Zuma was addressing African National Congress (ANC) supporters gathered at the Cape Town stadium for the party's 103rd birthday celebration.

The president argued government is working tirelessly to bring the Kusile and Medupi Power Stations online.

"There's a belief out there that the electricity challenge is a result of the failure of government of lack of leadership.

"The economy of apartheid was racially skewed and structured to take care of the minority, not the majority of the country."

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