EDITORIAL | State mustn’t just shrug at load-shedding. It must act

Power cuts are becoming a way of life in SA. We need government’s firm commitment to stop the rot

08 November 2021 - 19:38

SA’s state-owned power supplier Eskom on Monday announced another week of rolling blackouts. Already SA was preparing for stage 2 scheduled power cuts but Eskom ramped it up to stage 4. The dead hours kicked in at 1pm on Monday and are to continue until 5am on Friday. Eskom is removing at least 4,000 megawatts (MW) from the national grid, about 10% of its total generating capacity. Its vague excuse this time? “It was anticipated that an additional seven units would have returned to service by Monday, and this has not materialised.” Its communication of what the problem is and how it will be resolved leaves much to be desired.

Eskom’s fleet is close to kaput and it has a domino effect on the entire country...

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