File: The Power utility is urging people to use electricity sparingly as the system faces enormous pressure.
JOHANNESBURG - South Africa won't be plunged into darkness.
That's the promise from Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe.
He says Eskom won't run out of coal to generate electricity, because coal mines will continue producing coal, albeit on a smaller scale.
“Supplying Eskom with coal is a requirement and with the lockdown, demand will be very low so it is unlikely that we will have load-shedding,” said Mantashe.
Mantashe was speaking as part of the National Command Council ahead of the nationwide lockdown beginning at midnight on Thursday.
Eskom said in a statement that the possibility that load-shedding may be implemented, remains.
"As an essential and critical services supplier, some of Eskom’s personnel are exempt from the provisions of the lockdown," the power utility said.
"As such, we do not expect any impediments to the generation and supply of electricity during this period.
"Our suppliers, particularly the coal mines, logistics suppliers and those supplying the parts and maintenance services at our power stations, will be able to operate through the lockdown."
Eskom urged the public to continue to use electricity sparingly and to assist the utility in reducing demand.