Eskom: No load shedding forecast for the long weekend

Eskom's technical staff will spend Saturday through Monday working on serious overhauls before winter.

Eskom is in the second week of its battle with planned and unplanned outages. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom's acting Chief Executive Officer Brian Molefe on Wednesday said the utility didn't foresee any load shedding over the upcoming long weekend during the ' maintenance festival' because there was a lower demand for power over weekends.

Eskom's technical staff will spend Saturday through Monday working on serious overhauls before the arrival of winter.

The utility is in the second week of its battle with planned and unplanned outages.

The parastatal said two main reasons for rolling blackouts at the moment include colder weather and pre-emptive maintenance.

On Monday a quarter of Eskom's generation capacity was down.

Stage one blackouts are expected to last until about 10pm this evening.