Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown insists that despite the concern of a constrained energy supply, Eskom privatisation is not an option.
The energy regulator has rejected Eskom's application to raise its electricity prices further this year.
But the utility has said it needs to find the "sweet spot" between keeping the lights on and taking 5 500MW off the grid for maintenance this winter.
The acting chief executive plans to find 3000MW of additional capacity by the end of the year to minimise the need for load shedding.
Power load shedding could last up to 12 hours at a time, as giant aluminium smelters consume discounted electricity with abandon.
South Africans can expect load shedding to continue during the cold months as Eskom plans to forge ahead with maintenance at its power plants.
DA MPs refuse to participate in the State of the Nation Address red carpet festivities saying today is about the real issues SA faces.
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The lights are going out but the power utility defends its generous pay to its executives.
Days after the M&G revealed that Eskom bosses plan to attend the WEF summit in Davos, the broke power utility announced the trip has been scrapped.
Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said that while the week looked clear on load shedding they still couldn't rule out the possibility of power cuts.
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown finds herself at odds with Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson over how to resolve the Eskom crisis.
The power utility employed car analogies to explain that poor generator maintenance will be to blame for the lack of electricity in the near future.
The state-owned power utility's bosses are off to a glitzy Swiss summit, even though electricity isn't on the agenda.
The state-owned power utility is running on empty after forking out billions of rands to power up the grid with costly diesel.
Will South Africa’s electricity grid collapse, plunging the country into weeks of darkness? Experts say it is possible, but unlikely.
The DA's parliamentary leader also said that government should follow a "World Cup approach" to completing the Medupi and Kusile power stations.