Load shedding likely for the week ahead

Eskom says load shedding is likely during peak hours as it catches up on maintenance work.

FILE: Traffic lights not working in Cape Town as a result of load shedding by Eskom. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom said load shedding is likely during peak hours for the remainder of the week but it adds it's not running short of diesel for now.

During the public hearings into Eskom's application for a tariff hike, the utility expressed concern about the amount of money it was spending on buying diesel to operate open cycle gas turbines.

While its application was turned down, it is now looking at other cost cutting measures.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said the utility still has the required funds to buy fuel.

"We still are within the budget that we've planned for the current financial year. All we were cautioning is that because we continue to run this power issue for prolonged period of time, we might at some point run out of diesel. But so far in terms of money or the budget for diesel, we still are okay."

Eskom has been implementing rolling blackouts regularly this year, saying it is trying to catch up with maintenance work.

The parastatal says some of its generating units are offline due to technical faults.

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