Electricity should be used sparingly for the next week to allow Eskom’s power systems time to recover from industrial strike action last week. This is according to Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe, who says during this recovery time the risk for stage one load shedding remains high.

Management and unions will meet on Tuesday to try and find an agreement on salary increases. Workers had rejected Eskom’s zero percent increment offer.

Phasiwe says mop-up operations are expected to take ten days, but that this estimation may change.

“This is dependent on a number of variables as we go through the power stations one by one, we will see the extent of the work that needs to be done there. But we have already started to do is bring coal into our power stations; especially the six that we had previously indicated were running low in terms of coal stock piles. So it is a gradual process, it will be a very slow process but we will continue to monitor and inform our customers accordingly.”