Molefe: “No winter load shedding expected”


Eskom has announced that it will be carrying out maintenance during winter with a reported 550 megawatts expected to be unaccounted for.

Speaking at the announcement of the power utility’s winter plan earlier today, Acting CEO Brain Molefe repeated a previous statement that the state-owned parastatal won’t however be implementing any rolling blackouts.

“Even when we have load shedding, we are able to provide electricity to 96 percent of the country. At least 96 percent of the time electricity was available. What we are going to try and do now is maintenance with no load shedding,” he said, adding that an unexpected breakdown of certain units was to blame for the recent rounds of load-shedding.

He also stated that the colder than expected weather would continue to leave the national grid constrained but that every attempt is being made prevent the system breaking down.