Eskom promises load shedding-free summer

The power utility says dams which are used to generate electricity, are still in a comfortable position.

FILE: The utility has promised there will be no load shedding this summer as the system is relatively stable due to more controlled maintenance. Picture:Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - In the wake of the country experiencing drought, heat waves and water restrictions, Eskom says water levels at its dams which are used to generate electricity, are still in a comfortable position.

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The utility has promised there will be no load shedding this summer as the system is relatively stable due to more controlled maintenance.

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The parastatal says if nothing goes "horribly wrong" it will only implement limited stage one load shedding as a last resort.

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says the dam levels are at about 58 percent full, which poses no immediate problem.

"Though it's not normal it's still conformable at 58 percent and we hope to continue without any problems."

Despite this Molefe says Eskom's dams can do with more rain.

He says the country is starting to see the positive impact of uninterrupted electricity supply in the economy.

Over the past three months, Eskom has avoided load shedding except for less than three hours on day in September.