Risk of load shedding this week remains high

While water reserves have improved, there's still a high chance of load shedding this week.

FILE. While water reserves have improved there's still a high chance of load shedding this week. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom said although its diesel and water reserves have improved over the weekend, there's still a high chance of load shedding this week.

South Africans have experienced rolling blackouts every day for more than a week.

The utility said any unexpected break downs will force it to implement load shedding.

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said, "We also see an increase in terms of demand. Those two factors sometimes result in load shedding. But so far, things are looking good."

On Friday, Phasiwe said that despite the gradual improvement, there's still a long way to go in terms of relief.

On Thursday, the utility said the risk of ramping up rolling blackouts beyond stage one still remained.

However, it said it was in a much better situation compared to the past three days as several generators had been brought back to service.

The parastatal spends R1 billion a month on emergency diesel supplies to help keep the lights on.