While South Africans steel themselves for the 21-day seclusion that comes into effect Thursday at midnight due to the rapid spread of Covid-19, Eskom on Wednesday gave assurances that it was ready to keep the lights on during that time.

Millions of South Africans are going to have to stay home and work from there or just the time, and load shedding can cause even greater disruption.

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says the company does not at this stage provide any interruption in electricity generation and supply.

Mantshantsha says Eskom is an essential service provider and has special permits to continue its operations during the seclusion period.

The same applies to Eskom’s suppliers and those who have to provide services to him.

According to him, workers at coal mines are also essential service providers and will continue their operations as usual. Eskom will issue the necessary permits to those who help him to provide uninterrupted service during this time.

South Africa had no load shedding for almost two weeks.

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