South Africa’s government has had to bring forward the bailout of state power firm Eskom, after it rushed 5 billion rand to the struggling utility earlier in April to avert a default and said more cash could be needed soon.
Eskom says cold and wet weather conditions could drive up the demand for electricity, increasing the risk of load shedding.
Mining and Energy adviser Ted Blom says Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is putting the country at a risk of a total power shutdown.
South African saved almost 600 megawatts of electricity during this 2019’s Earth Hour celebrations.
Eskom says it does not anticipate implementing load shedding this coming week because the electricity system is gradually improving.