Load shedding is a thing of the past, says Zuma

Eskom told the president it’s improved its plant performance significantly since August last year.


JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says he's seen the evidence that load shedding is a thing of the past.

Zuma toured Eskom's headquarters at Megawatt Park today.

He has attributed this to the good work from employees and decisions from government.

"This happened because we took very wise decisions when that problem was engulfing the country - and indeed the turnaround came. I promised them that I would be telling people all over the country 'no more load shedding'."

The presidency says Eskom's told President Jacob Zuma that it's managed to increase the ability of its power plants to produce electricity from a figure of 69.9percent last year, to over 76 percent by the end of April.

The power utility told President Zuma that it had managed to improve its plant performance significantly since August last year, and that's why there's been no load-shedding over the last nine months.

But Eskom is still trying to improve its plant availability to 80 percent.

That would allow ten percent of its power producing capacity to be out of action for planned maintenance, and another ten percent to be out for unplanned maintenance over the medium term.

Zuma told Eskom he was happy with the improvements that have been made.