Eskom: High risk of load shedding this week

After 30 days of uninterrupted supply, South Africans experienced stage one load shedding last night.

FILE. For the first time in over 30 days, South Africans experienced power cuts on Monday night after the utility implemented stage one load shedding. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Following a month of uninterrupted supply, Eskom says there's a high risk of load shedding this week.

For the first time in over 30 days, South Africans experienced power cuts on Monday night after the utility implemented stage one load shedding.

Eskom says a power station in Mozambique, which supplies the utility with about 1,500 megawatts, is undergoing maintenance, and a number of its units are also offline.

Due to the increased electricity demand and a shortage of generator sets, the power system will be limited for the next few days.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says, "We'll continue to monitor the situation. We'll have to see tomorrow whether it will continue to shape up. But the risk for the rest of this week remains because we don't have that 1,500 megawatts at this stage."

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'POOR QUALITY COAL'

The utility says the Sunday Times must produce evidence to support its claims that Eskom is receiving poor quality coal from a company linked to the Gupta family.

The newspaper has reported that Tegeta Exploration and Resources had been trying to secure the coal deal since 2011, but was rejected because of substandard product.

It claims the company was eventually awarded the R4 billion contract to supply power stations over 10 years after a fifth test conducted on its coal found it to be marginal.

Phasiwe says, "The onus is now on the Sunday Times to come up with sensible evidence to show that this is poor quality that they are selling to us."