Eskom might keep the lights on tomorrow

Eskom says its generators are back online and it might cancel load shedding for tomorrow.

FILE: Eskom says its generators are back online and it might cancel load shedding for tomorrow.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says its generators are back online and it might cancel load shedding for tomorrow if improvement continues.

Earlier this week, several of its generators stopped working, causing the power utility to warn of stage two load shedding as engineers carried out maintenance work.

But the power utility moved from stage two to stage one this morning after the generators picked up.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says, "If the situation improves today we may either cancel tomorrow's load shedding or continue with stage one so that we can carry on with the maintenance that we need to do on our generators."

Eskom has been implementing load shedding throughout the country in the last couple of weeks.

The power utility last year announced it needed billions of rands for operational costs.

Last week during his State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma said government was doing everything in its power to resolve the energy challenge.

Zuma said government would invest R23 billion in the power utility.

He said Eskom had been directed to switch from diesel to gas as it continues to grapple with the nation's energy woes, adding that the construction of three new power stations will add 10,000 megawatts to the national grid.

Take a look at EWN's feature on how to survive load shedding.