Likelihood of load shedding 'medium to high'

Eskom cancelled plans for load shedding this morning after power from generating units returned to the grid.

FILE: Eskom has warned there may be power outages this evening due to high electricity demand. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has warned there may be power outages this evening when the electricity demand is likely to increase.

Eskom cancelled plans for rolling blackouts on Sunday morning after power from generating units returned to the grid after maintenance, it said in a statement.

But it has warned that depending on the performance of generators the likelihood of power cuts on Sunday evening was "medium to high".

Rolling blackouts were implemented across the country yesterday, but there could be some relief for South Africans in the coming week.

The power utility says it is using the weekend to catch up on maintenance and may not have to implement electricity cuts.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says, "We are not planning to implement load shedding. But what we are saying is because we are running an old system which is going to have technical faults, we may have to revise our position. But our goal for today and the rest of the week is not to implement load shedding."

The power system in Africa's most advanced economy remains constrained as Eskom scrambles to carry out maintenance on its aging fleet and bring new power stations on line.

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