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Eskom: No plans for rolling blackouts this week

An Eskom spokesperson on Tuesday confirmed they are doing everything they could to keep the lights on.

FILE: The Medupi power station in Limpopo. Picture:EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom on Tuesday said so far it had been a load shedding free week, with generating capacity able to meet the current electricity demand.

The utility also confirmed it was not planning to implement rolling blackouts this week.

Unit 6 at the Medupi Power Station came online recently, adding 80 megawatts to the grid, which will increase ten times by June 2015.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said they were doing everything they could to keep the lights on, until more capacity is brought online.

He said many of Eskom's power stations were ageing and sometimes there were technical faults.

"When that happens it throws them off in terms of having load shedding. But so far we do have some technical outages, but it's not something worthy of warranting the implementation of load shedding."

The utility has been battling to meet the high electricity demand resulting in rolling blackouts since last year.