Eskom hoping to avoid blackouts

Yesterday, the utility said the power grid remained constrained but stable.

FILE: Eskom says it's hopeful it won't have to implement load shedding this weekend. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says its hopeful it will not have to implement load shedding this weekend as its generators are operating optimally.

Yesterday, the utility said the power grid remained constrained but stable after some of its generators went offline this week.

Eskom has blamed its ageing infrastructure for the lack of capacity that has forced it to implement rolling blackouts as a means to build up reserves.

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe has called on all parties to assist in avoiding the blackouts.

"We urge all our customers to use electricity sparingly so that we may all avoid the possibility of load shedding."

In his State of the Nation Address earlier this month, 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.

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