Eskom to keep the lights on this weekend

Eskom will keep a close eye on the national power grid to avoid rolling blackouts this weekend.

FILE: The utility has managed to keep the lights on for the past few weeks. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - After several weeks of no load shedding, Eskom has reiterated it's keeping a close eye on the national power grid to avoid rolling blackouts this weekend.

The risk of power cuts increases towards the end of a week when diesel and water reserves start running low.

The utility's Khulu Phasiwe says the reasons for no load shedding are fully operational generators and good usage of electricity.

"If all of our generators continue to operate optimally as they are doing now, then we will not have load shedding for today and possibly the rest of the week. But it also depends on customers as well, so we are urging them to continue to use electricity sparingly."

Earlier this month, Eskom said there was no guarantee that there will be no load shedding for the month despite having enough money to buy diesel to keep the generators online.

The power utility has battled to keep the lights on for months now due to problems with its generators and aging infrastructure.

The Medupi Power Station delivered its first units of electricity, at the beginning of the month, with the utility saying it hopes this will bring more stability to the grid.

The utility has managed to keep the lights on for the past few weeks.

From April, the parastatal will have a new budget for the next financial year, which it says will be enough to buy enough petrol to keep the generators online.

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

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