‘Eskom dealing with technical issues efficiently’

Unit 6 at the Medupi Power Station came online recently adding 80 megawatts to the grid.

FILE: Power lines are pictured in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom on Wednesday said it had been able to deal with technical issues efficiently this week resulting in no load shedding.

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

Eskom said while there was no intention to implement rolling blackouts over the next few days, the situation was being monitored closely.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said, "Our engineers are doing everything possible to make sure we keep the lights on, but we also require the assistance of all our customers so that we can reduce the load where possible; so we can reduce load shedding."

Meanwhile, Government's five-point plan to tackle the country's electricity crisis is set to come under further scrutiny in Parliament on Wednesday.

Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday said government's five-point plan to deal with the energy crunch offered little to allay the fears of South Africans.

They were responding to a briefing in Parliament by the Department of Energy.

MPs expressed concern that neither Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, nor her deputy, Thembisile Majola, were present.

The Inkatha Freedom Party's Essie Esterhuizen said, "This is really not a presentation that was done yesterday, these figures are outdated."

The Democratic Alliance's Gordon Mackay said, "This is supposed to be a five-point plan. No wonder South Africans are rightly worried."

At the same time, Cape Town businesses have demanded a more reliable power supply.