Brace yourself: load shedding could be on the cards again

By Mieke Vlok
31 May 2017

South Africa may soon have to endure large-scale power shedding again, Eskom announced.

South Africa may soon have to endure large-scale power shedding, Eskom's chairman Dr Ben Ngubane said on Tuesday afternoon.

"There's now the risk of load shedding again because we're not getting authorisation to buy more coal as we stockpile for winter."

The committee is reviewing the report on coal supply agreements between Eskom and Tegeta, which is owned by the controversial Gupta family.

The auditor group PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) conducted an investigation after procedures were apparently not followed when the contract was concluded. The Treasury also launched its own investigation.

In May Eskom assured South Africans that there would be no load-shedding this year and said that maintenance and groundwork had been done so that there were no problems in winter.

Mongezi Ntsokolo, Eskom's distribution chief, has requested that consumers continue to restrict their electricity consumption.

Sources: News24, eNCA

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