Johannesburg - Eskom will cut back plans to repair plants during the South African winter to ensure the country has enough electricity as the colder months approach, Energy Minister Ben Martins said.
Eskom started rolling blackouts for the first time in six years last month, shutting shops and factories, after it declared an emergency as heavy rains disrupted supplies of coal, which it burns for 80 percent of its power.
The company is spending 500 billion rand through 2017 adding almost 11,000 megawatts of capacity to the national grid and servicing its aging fleet of facilities.
“What we seek to do is to obviate the challenge we had a couple of weeks ago,” Martins said on state-owned SABC television.
“We are assuring that as winter approaches, we will not have blackouts; we are ensuring that the maintenance that Eskom has to carry out will be reduced as much as possible over winter.”