Eskom: Load shedding could be suspended... or escalated

The situation depends on the outcome of maintenance of key generators.

Power failure. Picture: Free Images.

CAPE TOWN - Eskom says load shedding could be suspended today, but the power utility added there's also a possibility power cuts could be escalated.

Stage 1 blackouts are currently underway.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said, "If after the maintenance all the generators are brought back online, than load shedding would end this evening."

But he says that if maintenance is not complete and generators break down, load shedding will be escalated.

South Africans have been faced with load shedding for the past few days as the utility battles to keep up with the demand.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) economic transformation committee said yesterday to deal with Eskom's cash flow problems, it's decided that parts of the utility should be sold off.

Eskom has been battling financially as it deals with load shedding and several delays with its building programmes.

The committee decided during a lekgotla that selling off parts of Eskom may help, but the state should retain the controlling stake.

The ANC's Enoch Godongwana said this proposal has been put forward to government.

To view the load shedding schedule click here.