Johannesburg - Eskom has warned of possible deliberate power cuts to relieve pressure on the national electricity grid.
“Eskom will utilise all necessary emergency resources at its disposal, but should the demand not decrease, load shedding will be implemented as a last resort to protect the national grid from a total shutdown,” it said on Thursday.
The parastatal said it needed voluntary power savings of least 10 percent to manage the electricity demand.
The power system was constrained due to the unavailability of some generating units and because electricity usage was higher in the winter months.
“We are on track in terms of our planned maintenance schedule and have begun scaling it down to prepare for winter while also managing unplanned outages that add more pressure to an already tight system.”