Load shedding to be reduced from June

The utility says this is because of maintenance work on some of its bigger generators ahead of winter.

FILE: The utility says this is because of maintenance work on some of its bigger generators like Medupi, ahead of winter. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom said South Africans can expect a slight reduction in load shedding from next month.

For the past few weeks rolling blackouts have occurred almost every day during evening peak hours and on weekends.

The utility said this is because of maintenance work on some of its bigger generators ahead of winter.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said the system is expected to be more stable from next month.

"Especially the big ones like unit one of the Koeberg Power Station which will produce 930 megawatts. We also are repairing some of the other power stations all over the country to make sure that many of these units are ready for the peak demand that will be expecting in winter."

TARIFF INCREASE

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has urged the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) to grant Eskom a tariff increase to help restore the power utility's financial health.

Nersa will soon hold public hearings after the parastatal asked for a more than 25 percent tariff hike.

While delivering her budget vote in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Joemat-Pettersson said Nersa should fast track the hearings.

"We employ Nersa to fast-track its process of public consultation for tariff adjustments to assist Eskom to stabilise its balance sheet."