Eskom has now gone so far as to use its emergency reserves in an effort to evade load shedding.
The diesel generator units have been used to prevent the burning of candles, but the diesel fuel bill is already more than 50% over the entity’s allowable diesel consumption according to its budget.
Workers claim they worked hard on Wednesday night to pump water so the entity on Thursday could avoid shedding.
Observers believe these are probably the first signs of a new breeze blowing through Eskom, as no one has taken much responsibility to date on whether to light the candles and when it’s going to change.
Last year’s load shedding cost Amcor about R740m, directly affecting the net profit to be shown at the end of a financial year.