Eskom working hard to keep the lights on for election day - Oberholzer

Eskom's chief operating officer, Jan Oberholzer, said the risk of further blackouts would be kept to a minimum come voting day.

FILE: Eskom chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer. Picture: Twitter/OberholzerMr

CAP TOWN - With the local government elections around the corner, Eskom said it was committed to ensuring that power cuts would not affect voting.

There were fears the current load shedding might impact some polling stations.

Eskom management has given an update on the state of the system on Monday.

The power utility said that power cuts would unfortunately continue into Tuesday because emergency generators could not be sustained.

But chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer said the risk of further black outs would be kept to a minimum come voting day.

He added that officials had met with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

“Our distribution colleagues are working closely with the IEC to make sure that electricity will be available. Our generation, transmission and distribution colleagues will be on standby at the end of this week until after voting has taken place,” he said.

Oberholzer said that they were concerned about the utility's generation division, citing a number of incidents.

Oberholzer again apologised for the continued mass outages.

ELECTIONS WON'T BE AFFECTED

The power utility said it had put measures in place to prevent wet coal during Gauteng’s rainy season.

The country is facing stage 2 load shedding from 6 pm Monday to 5 am on Tuesday.

Eskom said it was working closely with the Independent Electoral Commission as the country prepared for municipal elections next Monday.

Oberholzer told the media on Monday that disruptions would be kept to a minimum and officials would be on standby.

“On the distribution side, all these voting stations, our distribution colleagues, they are working closely with the IEC to make sure that electricity will be available.”

He said Eskom had sufficient supply of coal to last for days and had put measures in place to stop the coal from getting wet.

“We believe that we are ready, we believe are better than last year. We are more ready this year for the rain.”

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