Pravin Gordhan, Eskom board to address latest power cuts
The public enterprises minister will meet with the utility's board and management as more power cuts threaten
There is a high probability that the country will be hit by more power cuts this week as embattled power utility Eskom tries to recover from a shortage of generation capacity and replenish diesel and water resources. The power utility, which is in a deep financial and operational crisis, is expected to give an indication on Monday on the way forward. Public enterprises spokesperson Adrian Lackay on Sunday said minister Pravin Gordhan would meet with the Eskom board and management in the next 24 hours to establish what other steps could be taken to give South Africans greater certainty about the power supply. He said the expectation had been that Eskom would have done the necessary maintenance work and repairs during the festive season so that there would be sufficient generating capacity to avoid load-shedding at the start of 2019. "However, weaknesses in both the new power stations and their continued inability to perform according to expectations, and other unplanned breakdowns ha...