Eskom: Blackouts to continue

By Drum Digital
07 March 2014

Rolling blackouts are likely to resume on Friday, according to Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger.

He said there is a high probability of load shedding for Friday, but that it can only be confirmed after final planning.

"We are still in a serious situation. The outlook at this stage is not favourable," said Etzinger.

Eskom imposed rolling blackouts for the first time since 2008 on Thursday morning.

It said the grid had come under intense strain because of torrential rain in Mpumalanga, which had drenched coal supplies sitting outside power stations.

The South African weather service forecast thunderstorms over Mpumalanga until at least the middle of next week.

- SAPA

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