Eskom says cold and wet weather conditions could drive up the demand for electricity, increasing the risk of load shedding.
The World Bank says load shedding in the month of March is expected to weigh down on South Africa’s growth outlook in the short-term.
Mining and Energy adviser Ted Blom says Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is putting the country at a risk of a total power shutdown.
Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, says Eskom has no intentions of implementing load shedding throughout winter or at most will have 26 days of Stage One load shedding until the end of August.
Recent power cuts and the announcement that South Africa’s power utility Eskom will be receiving R23 billion a year in government support for the foreseeable future are symptomatic of operational and financial crises at the utility.