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Eskom: No load shedding expected on Tuesday

Fin24 2020-01-13 22:09:14

No load shedding is expected on Tuesday, Eskom said after keeping the lights lights on for the whole day on Monday.

In a Power Alert issued on Monday evening, the power utility stated that its emergency reserves will be adequate to supplement the generation capacity, should the need arise -- and "as a result, no load shedding is expected tomorrow."

In December, Eskom assured the nation that there would be no load shedding before January 13, in an announcement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa, following a meeting with the leadership of the company and the Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan.

However, rotational power cuts returned early last week, due to systems breakdowns. The failure to honour the commitment prompted the resignation of board chairperson, Jabu Mabuza, who quit on Friday.

The company said on Monday unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 12 759MW as at 18:00.

"We are monitoring the system closely and we will continue to give periodic updates on the status of the power system as things may change at short notice."