An airconditioned nightmare for Eskom

Unusually high temperatures boosted demand for electricity, and also reduced power station efficiency

03 December 2023 - 00:00

A surge in the use of airconditioners and fans by “affluent” South Africans during the heatwave of recent weeks is partly to blame for the latest descent into stage 6 load-shedding, a senior executive at the power utility says...

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