The diesel usage is part of a nine-point plan Eskom is putting in place to fix pressing problems.
The diesel power will provide support to the system so that planned maintenance of power stations can be carried out into March 2019, Hadebe said.
“Maintenance is not where it was supposed to be and we are paying the price for that and trying to resuscitate it.”
The budget, however, does not account for any additional generators for unplanned outages. It also does not mean that the risk of load-shedding has disappeared. Willy Majola, acting group executive for transmission, said the risk remained high over the festive season.
Hadebe said Eskom’s story was not an “exciting one”, but a story that had to be known as major challenges still remained.
“Before we turn around this huge institution, it’s going to be a tough journey.”