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Eskom warns of tight power supply tomorrow and into the weekend

by , 27 November 2014

Earlier today, Eskom said it believes its power supply will suffice today, but it's a different story tomorrow and over the weekend.

The power utility says it has concerns over an electricity shortfall.

Let's take a closer look at what may lie in store…

Brace yourself for more load shedding

Spokesman for Eskom, Andrew Etzinger, says they have concerns about its power supply tomorrow and over the weekend, reports Fin24. But he said in spite of the system being under strain today, they had no plans for load shedding.

He added that any areas currently with power cuts wasn’t down to “Eskom’s generating capacity,” says MoneyWeb. Mr Etzinger said this was down “to faults at a local level”.

He says the power utility will continue to “provide updates to the public,” notes iAfrica. This comes after a number of issues with power supply last week “due to logistical challenges regarding diesel”.

South Africa’s power supply issues look set to continue

At the presentation of Eskom’s results earlier this week, the CEO Tshediso Matona said they have to implement load shedding “to prevent a total blackout that could be catastrophic for the country and the region,” reports Fin24. He said this is to protect the economy.

On Tuesday, Eskom released its results for the six-months to the end of September. The power utility revealed a 24% drop in profits. It also warned of tough times ahead as it took steps to deal with the high number of aging power plants.

In a bid to cut costs, Eskom is now looking at voluntary retrenchments, adds iAfrica. But the company says they’ll look at these “on a case by case basis to ensure that no core skills are lost”.

With today’s warning from Eskom, it looks likely the country is facing another few days in the dark.

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