THE probability of load shedding is high this weekend, as recovery of the power system is set to take approximately 30 days, Eskom said on Friday.
“The power system remains constrained with a risk of loads shedding on Friday evening. The load shedding risk will increase over the weekend as we restore power plants and build up reserves for the coming week,” said the power utility.
Eskom this week engaged its three unions, Solidarity, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), on wage negotiations under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).
In its statement on Friday, Eskom said the power system will take up to approximately 30 days to recover from the effects of the recent industrial action which interrupted continuous processes at the power stations.
During the 30-day recovery period, the risk of load shedding remains high.
“Meanwhile, we continue to encourage residents and businesses to please use electricity sparingly to ease the demand of electricity. Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand,” said Eskom.