Eskom did not cause power outages, blames City Power

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says the outages that hit certain parts of the country from Monday were not initiated by them.

Phasiwe says the outages experienced in Johannesburg are due to power rotation initiated by City Power as a way to manage its own localised power supply.

Eskom says it has enough electricity nationally and have no plans of load shedding as yet.

Read: If all goes as planned, there will be no load shedding this week - Eskom

We don't have any major problems on our system. For example, last night even with the cold front that engulfed most parts of the country, we were generating 36 000 megawatts and the demand on the system was about 32 000, meaning that we had a reserve of about 4 000 megawatts. That's how robust our power system is.

Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom spokesperson

We want to continue through this winter season without any measured interruptions.

Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom spokesperson

Phasiwe explains power rotations as a mini localised load shedding that is initiated and implemented by municipalities and, on the other hand, load shedding is when Eskom issues an instruction to municipalities to reduce their consumption because they are failing to meet the demand.

City Power says that the power outages are due to aging infrastructure.

Read also: Oh snap! It's cold...

Many municipalities are actually failing their customers because in terms of the regulations, municipalities are expected to spend at least 5% of their revenue on maintenance of their equipment but many of them do not do that.

Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom spokesperson

Phasiwe has urged municipalities to communicate with their customers and explain the cause of the outage and what plans they have in place to retain power. He says just keeping quiet about it is not helping.

Read: Maintenance backlog causing Joburg power outages

In many instances municipalities just keep quiet and people just assume it is load shedding and blame Eskom...

Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom spokesperson

To hear the rest of the interview with Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe, listen below:


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