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Eskom: National grid under pressure

Eskom is urging customers to use electricity sparingly to avoid any power cuts today.

FILE: Eskom is urging customers to use electricity sparingly to avoid any power cuts today. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Eskom says it's hopeful it won't have to implement load shedding today.

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.

The power utility says it's still doing maintenance on some of its generating units which will strain its production capacity.

Eskom's Khulu 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 said it's all dependent on whether all generating units are back online, If they are all back online then there will be no load shedding.