File: Eskom is under pressure to deal with rotational load-shedding happening nationwide.
JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it will make sure South Africans keep their lights on while it deals with its R419-billion debt.
It's asked for additional funding of R100-billion to try and keep afloat.
It’s still not clear whether South Africans will need to stock up on candles, torches and generators this festive season.
They've had to cope with rolling blackouts for two weeks now.
But, Eskom is promising the country it is doing all it can to keep the festive lights on for Christmas.
“We'll try our best to get load-shedding to finish before Christmas. We are working hard," said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Gordhan briefed the media on the plan of action over the next couple of days.
“There will be a very intensive look over the next ten days and that’s part of the action plan...and how do we arrange all of that in a proper way,” he said.
Part of the plan includes cancelling senior executives' leave and deploying them to power stations to deal with the rolling blackouts.
Gordhan also made mention of a reshuffle at Eskom.
He suggested a task team would be activated to deal with the utility's problems.
Power utility Eskom says it will make sure South Africans keep their lights on while it deals with its R419-billion debt. It's asked for additional funding of R100-billion to try and keep afloat. Courtesy #DStv403