Only three days of stage one load-shedding forecast

Eskom is hoping to slash it's debt by R200-billion. It's current debt level is R450-billion. eNCA Riante Naidoo reports. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says there will be only three days of stage one load-shedding this winter period.

Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer says while the power utility is undertaking maintenance work the system remains vulnerable.

"Before we had the lockdown, we forecasted 31 days of load-shedding, so what has helped us the last eight weeks, doing these urgent short term maintenances, when we ran the model again, we are now forecasting three-days of stage one load-shedding over a winter period that is coming," Oberholzer said.

"That is based on an 80-percent probability."

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Oberholzer says the system remains unpredictable and unreliable.

He further stated that the risk of load-shedding remains as there might be trips and breakdowns in the system.

Meanwhile, Eskom is hoping to slash its debt by R200-billion.

The utility's current debt level is R450-billion.

Eskom chief executive André de Ruyter says 21 employees and contractors have  tested positive for COVID-19 cases in the Western Cape. Courtesy #DStv403