No load shedding expected as summer comes to an end

Eskom boss Brian Molefe says they don’t expect to have to implement load shedding anytime soon.

Cape Town city bowl lit up at night. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom boss Brian Molefe says the power utility does not expect to have to implement load shedding as the country moves through the end of summer into winter.

Eskom has been briefing Parliament's public enterprises committee this morning.

Molefe says Eskom's planned maintenance programme means the country has gone more than 6 months without load shedding.

"With our new philosophy of planned maintenance we have had 2014 days of no load shedding in South Africa."

Last month Molefe said the utility is on track with its projected maintenance and it will continue working to generate more capacity on the grid.

He said the stability of the grid has resulted in a decrease in unplanned maintenance, which has also led to Eskom using less diesel.

Molefe said the utility will remain focused on bringing new units online.

Meanwhile, energy expert Chris Yelland said Eskom has managed to stabilise the power grid thanks to the struggling economy, but energy users must not be complacent and waste electricity.