Eskom: Power system remains stable

The utility has been doing maintenance work on its generating units without implementing power cuts.

FILE: There has been no load shedding for the past 11 days. Picture: Freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the power system remains stable with no load shedding for eleven days now.

The utility has been doing maintenance work on its generating units without implementing power cuts.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says they hope to continue doing this.

"As long as the power system is stable, meaning if we don't have major breakdowns, we will continue to keep the lights on. However, hopefully we are not jinxing this thing; the last time we had a run of about 10 days and then unfortunately some problems arose with some power units."

At the same time, mining company Exxaro says it's looking to diversify coal sales, and cut reliance on sales to Eskom.

The company says there are opportunities with independent power producers to attract customers.

Meanwhile, the upcoming National General Council will focus on stabilising problematic state-owned enterprises (SOEs), the African National Congress said on Monday.

The ruling party released the discussion documents for the council, which is the mid-year gathering that reviews policy and government performance.

Education and health commission chairperson Naledi Pandor said they would like to improve the quality of board members at SOEs.

"The legal aspect and the financial skills within the boards has been addressed. Governance is, I think, being attend to."

Social transformation chairperson Lindiwe Sisulu admitted that infrastructure at SOEs was in a state of decay but said that did not reflect a state of crisis.

"We have admitted that we are having problems with some of our SOEs, that the infrastructure is decaying and we have not been paying particular attention to that."