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Load shedding a reality until at least April

The Eskom CEO released a calendar indicating regular load shedding will take place in Feb, March & April.

FILE: Eskom says it will take almost as long to fix the current state of the power system as it did for it to deteriorate. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the only way it can begin to stabilise the country's power system is by doing extensive maintenance work, which will mean regular load shedding for at least the next three months.

The utility's chief executive Tshediso Matona earlier held a briefing on the state of South Africa's power system, saying it remained severely constrained and the country was always on the brink of power cuts.

Matona said it would take almost as long to fix the current state of the power system as it did for it to deteriorate.

But the head of the parastatal said he was committed to doing the right thing to ensure reliable electricity supply.

He said the utility had not been keeping up with maintenance work which led to equipment becoming unreliable.

"Eskom has not stayed faithful to that maintenance religion for a very long time and I think the unreliability of our equipment is a price that we are paying."

He released a calendar indicating that load shedding will take place regularly during February, March and April.

Matona said this short-term pain was important to ensure supply in the long-term.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa met members of the Eskom board earlier in the day.

There's still no clear action plan from government on how it will help the utility financially.

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