No power blackouts in South Africa until April 2016: Eskom CEO

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A man walks past electricity pylons as he returns from work in Soweto, outside Johannesburg May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
A man walks past electricity pylons as he returns from work in Soweto, outside Johannesburg May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South African power utility Eskom does not expect to implement electricity blackouts until April 2016, its chief executive told parliament on Wednesday.

Embarking on a massive maintenance programme to keep its ageing coal-fired power plants running, Eskom was earlier this year forced to implement power cuts known locally as “load shedding”. However, the utility has only cut power to certain areas for only 2 hours and 20 minutes in the past 87 days.

“We will continue to supply the country’s electricity and maintain our plant with minimal or no load shedding,” Brian Molefe said.

 

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