Maintenance on Eskom's generators set to continue

The utility has been conducting a so-called maintenance festival to try and avoid load shedding.

Eskom's Megawatt Park head office. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom said the public should start to see an improvement in power supply soon as it continues to repair generators at power plants.

The utility said maintenance and the repair of key generators is set to continue after it carried out a so-called maintenance festival over the long weekend.

Eskom said the maintenance of its key power plant is a lengthy process and with winter approaching, it's central that vital work be conducted now avoid the country being left in the cold.

The utility's Khulu Phasiwe said there has been some improvement but some stations still need proper maintenance.

"We're beginning to see an improvement in terms of the operations of our power stations or units, but we're not out of the weeds yet."

He said it takes some time to repair and service all power stations

"Some of them may take a bit long because obviously it depends on the nature of the things that need to be repaired.

With continued load shedding, Eskom said it aims at ensuring undisturbed power supply but the margin would remain tight over the coming weeks.

He said cold conditions are also a factor to be considered.

"Some parts of the country are getting colder and that's when they use a lot of electricity."

Despite measures to prevent load shedding, Eskom is still calling for South Africans to realise that the overall supply problem has not been resolved yet.