Keep Calm: We're 24 days without load shedding!

The situation could however change as maintenance work might take place during the summer.

FILE. Unit Six at the Medupi Power Station is now online, producing about 800 megawatts, but Koeberg's Unit Two is offline for the next three months as part of planned maintenance. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has now managed to avoid load shedding for 24 days.

But as summer approaches the situation could change as extensive maintenance work takes place.

Unit Six at the Medupi Power Station is now online, producing about 800 megawatts, but Koeberg's Unit Two is offline for the next three months as part of planned maintenance.

At the same time, government is working at increasing renewable energy, to ensure the grid is stabilised.

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersso n says they want to continue down this path of completely avoiding load shedding.

"We are counting days to ensure that we have months without load shedding."

Eskom has meanwhile taken one of the units from Koeberg offline for maintenance, which produced 930 megawatts.

Units from other power stations are however coming online, which will balance the effects.

But energy expert Chris Yelland says load shedding is still a possibility.

"We're moving into the summer season now where Eskom does more maintenance than in winter."

Eskom also says plans are in place to fix a unit at the Duvha Power Station by 2017 after insurers paid our billion but a suitable tender needs to be approved.