JOHANNESBURG, Feb 24– National power utility Eskom says the country’s electricity supply situation has improved significantly over the weekend, but adds that the national grid is still vulnerable.
The power utility said Sunday that although the situation had improved, consumers should continue to use electricity in a responsible manner as the generators were still being repaired. However, Eskom spokesman Andrew Etzinger said load-shedding would not be necessary for now.
“Load-shedding was not necessary due to the support we got from business and the public. Our customers were fantastic,” said Etziger, who added that industrial customers, normal commercial businesses and households had all cut back on their use of electricity.
Eskom said it lifted a second electricity emergency declared on Thursday, but warned that the national grid would remain tight in the foreseeable future. The utility declared an emergency on Thursday and lifted it on Friday morning, only to declare another one later on Friday.
Eskom warned that the latest emergency could lead to rolling blackouts in urban residential areas for the first time since late 2008, when a major power crunch affected most of the country and forced the closure of mines, factories and smelters for days.