Cold snap leaves Eskom snowed under

Mail and Guardian 8 August 2012.

Eskom is scrambling to keep electricity flowing on the national power grid as the country remains in some of coldest weather in decades.

The power utility cancelled a media briefing on their annual electricity safety week on Wednesday, citing the need to concentrate on restoring capacity to affected areas of the country.

“Transmission and distribution points have been severely affected by the inclement weather,” Eskom spokesperson Hilary Joffe told the Mail & Guardian, in reference to the bitterly cold snap that on Tuesday left a huge swathe of the country – including Johannesburg – covered in snow.