Dark times ahead as Eskom warns of load-shedding

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has confirmed that South Africans could experience load-shedding over the festive season.

Some of the power utilities' coal stations are running low on stockpiles while others are in desperate need of maintenance.

Eskom has sought to explain why maintenance this season is unavoidable.

"Ten stations have less than 20 coal power stock days," said Eskom group chief executive Phakamani Hadebe.

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"We have made an effort in changing the status quo, but we haven't reached the level where the situation is totally different from the previous one."

Eskom's energy capability is at a lowly 66.5 percent.

It plans on buying 4 million tons of emergency coal to cover the shortfall.

At the same time, National Treasury released its findings of irregularities at the power utility.

It shows senior executives violated financial laws.