Eskom says the extension of stage two rolling blackouts to 8am to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday is partly due to the need to maintain diesel supplies.
Eskom has again called on people to reduce electricity consumption and switch off all non-essential appliances.
Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says they expect a ship with diesel supplies on Monday.
“If the current fire rate continues, diesel would be stored before the ship is unloaded. While a single unit at the Duvha Power Station is shut down, a generator unit each at Tutuka and Medupi power stations is back in service. Three generation units are expected to However, this will not be enough to meet the higher demand on the cold front this weekend. We currently have 3,405MW of scheduled maintenance, while another 15,481MW of capacity is unavailable due to disruptions.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says Eskom has made progress in stabilizing its finances. Gordhan spoke to MPs on the budget of his department.
Gordhan claims that preliminary unaudited results show that the company’s revenue for interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization has increased by more than 85% since the fiscal year 2021.
Gordhan says the entity has also achieved R50 billion in savings through its savings program that began in the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years.
He says: “A further reduction of debt to R396 billion was also achieved. The restructuring process is going fast and the transfer company has already been set up …
Phase 2 rolling blackouts over the weekend is to preserve diesel supplies: Eskom – SABC News
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