"Slight chance" of load shedding this weekend

Eskom on Friday afternoon said it had enough capacity to meet electricity demand “for now”.

FILE: An aerial view of a Johannesburg power station as seen from an aircraft in June 2010. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom on Friday announced that there was a "slight chance" of load shedding this weekend.

The utility warned of a high risk of load-shedding on Friday morning, but later said it had enough capacity to meet the electricity demand, "for now".

Eskom has battled to keep up with electricity demand due to problems with its aging infrastructure.

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said that for some reason there was a gradual decrease of consumption late on Friday afternoons.

"Therefore we are relatively comfortable with the fact that we would go through today without any load shedding."

Despite the cash injection from the National Treasury and assistance from government to try and put Eskom back on course to keep the lights on, Business Day reported that delays at the Medupi Power Station have cost the utility dearly.

By the end of this year, Eskom will have paid about R1.2 billion to Exxaro for coal which it hasn't been able to use due to the extensive delays at Medupi.