Embattled power utility Eskom says it does not expect to implement load shedding on Tuesday as some generating units have been returned to the power grid thereby increasing generating capacity.
Eskom is battling to catch up with long neglected power plant maintenance. Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha explains: “It is necessary for customers to remember always that our infrastructure is quite vulnerable, unreliable and unpredictable and as such any changes in the power generation system can cause changes in the status of load shedding.”
Eskom has requested customers therefore to use electricity sparingly and reduce demand.
“For the next 18 months we may have increased instances of load shedding as we are busy refurbishing our generation infrastructure, “adds Mantshantsha.
In video below Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter talks about the increased probabilty of long term load shedding: