Eskom hopes to meet the massive generation capacity shortfall expected for electricity demand this winter. Executive Bheki Nxumalo stated that despite all their efforts to ensure additional generation is supplied to the grid, the country would be entering this winter 3,000 megawatts less than last year.
According to the power utility company, there are 26,000 megawatts available, but they foresee the winter demand reaching a higher 34,000 megawatts.
Nxumalo stated that, if Eskom's interventions bore no fruit in meeting the winter electricity demand, load shedding could be ramped up to Stage 8. He added that Eskom was expecting the scenario to last until the end of August.