During the quarterly system status briefing on Tuesday at its headquarters in Megawatt Park, Johannesburg, the power utility said its turnaround strategy was beginning to bear fruit. Eskom has not implemented load shedding for 17 months, and said its turnaround strategy was looking at long-term and sustainable energy solutions.
Eskom interim chief executive, Matshela Koko said the availability of operational surplus capacity of 5 600MW during peak demand was "a game changer". Koko said both domestic and export sales must be further increased as a priority.
"We are ensuring that power supply remains unconstrained through our maintenance programme. Eskom power system has progressed to a position of surplus capacity which will positively impact the SA economy," Koko said.
"The availability of excess capacity allows Eskom to meet demand more cheaply than through the purchases of renewable energy. Eskom will continue to focus efforts on increasing growth in demand in electricity and ensuring sustainable revenue collection."