JOHANNESBURG - There seems to be no light at the end of Eskom's tunnel.
The power utility is burning around two million litres of diesel a day, causing rotational blackouts to manage the reserves.
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter says the country has a lack of generating capacity.
Energy expert Chris Yelland says the situation at Eskom is dire.
At the same time, he says the power utility could do something about the situation, but it's spending too much time on maintenance.
"In the last three years it has been getting progressively worse. In the first 18 weeks of this year, the performance of the Eskom fleet is worse than the first 18 weeks of last year and last year was worse than the year before," Yelland said.