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Mabuza sounds loadshedding warning as power demand rises

South Africans might have become accustomed to having an uninterrupted power supply during the COVID-19 lockdown but Deputy President David Mabuza said that the consistent power supply might not last for long after losing four units and two power plants.

FILE: Deputy President David Mabuza addresses parliamentarians during a question and answer session in Parliament on 27 February. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President David Mabuza has warned that loadshedding could return at any time as the power demand rises.

Mabuza was addressing members of the National Assembly on Thursday about a number of issues affecting Eskom.

He told MPs that Eskom might be facing a mountain of challenges, but the power utility was performing well under the circumstances.

South Africans might have become accustomed to having an uninterrupted power supply during the COVID-19 lockdown but Deputy President David Mabuza said that the consistent power supply might not last for long after losing four units and two power plants.

"Not unless there are unforeseen circumstances that happen that push us to utilise the little reserve that we have. That does not say that I'm ruling out loadshedding completely."

He also raised the alarm on illegal connections, saying they played a role in power disruptions.

"More and more energy gets taken in the grid to the point where the infrastructure gets threatened that's why at a certain point you'll see a generator that will burn."

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