No planned load shedding in CT

Eskom says it will keep the lights on all weekend in Cape Town.

Eskom's Megawatt Park offices in Sunninghill. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Eskom says there will be no planned load shedding in Cape Town this weekend and the week that follows.

No load shedding was experienced last week as well which comes as a welcome relief for consumers.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe urges customers to help the power supplier by using electricity sparingly.

Phasiwe says they will continue to do regular maintenance on their power plants to increase its efficiency.

"There are no plans to implement load shedding for the rest of this weekend and even for next week as well. What we are saying is that if we have all our generators working optimally then we will continue to keep the lights on."

Meanwhile, the power utility still needs R20 billion to pay for its diesel bill over the short term.

Treasury will give Eskom more than R10 billion rand.

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says both government and the private sector will be getting involved in the months to come to bring Eskom back on its feet.

Eskom is also expected to increase tariffs in April in order to assist with some of its operating costs.

Consumers will be hit with a 12.69 percent electricity tariff hike.