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Eskom: 50% chance of load shedding this week

The utility has confirmed the power grid remains under pressure.

Eskom has urged customers to use electricity sparingly to avoid any further power cuts today. Picture: freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has indicated there's a 50 percent chance of load shedding this week.

On Sunday, the power utility confirmed it would continue maintenance operations on some of its generating units in a bid to bring them back online.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says, "The plan is not to have load shedding at all. But we're basically saying that if we do get a breakdown due to technical issues, then we may have to revise our position."

While the national power grid remains under pressure, the country managed to escape rolling black outs over the weekend.

Eskom has blamed its aging infrastructure for the lack of generating capacity.

Phasiwe has urged customers to use electricity sparingly to avoid any further power cuts today.

"We are urging all our customers to also assist us by using electricity sparingly so that we can all avoid this possibility that may arise if we don't have enough generating capacity."

Phasiwe says it all depends on whether all generating units are back online.

"If they are all back online then there will be no load shedding."

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

To view load shedding schedules in your area, click here.