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Eskom extends load shedding

Back to Stage 2 from 5am on Monday.
Operational issues have even plagued what is regarded as the utility’s most reliable plant – the Koeberg nuclear facility. Image: Shutterstock

South Africa’s debt-laden power utility Eskom is extending power cuts to Monday after delays in restarting some key generation units.

The state-owned company said it will continue with the planned power outages, cutting 2 000 megawatts from the grid on Monday. Eskom resumed rolling blackouts last Thursday and planned to ration electricity for four straight days after its newest facility, Kusile, lost some generation capacity.

“The return to service of two generation units at Kusile Power Station that were not available last week has been delayed due to difficulties in restarting the units,” Eskom said in a statement.

The firm supplies about 95% of South Africa’s electricity needs but is struggling to meet demand even after some economic activities were scaled down due to government measures aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.

The challenges at the stricken company, which is saddled with debts of about R464 billion, are adding to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s woes as he battles to attract new investment and reignite economic growth in Africa’s most industrialised economy.

The company is in the midst of transforming the business into three separate units to add outside power producers and is also beginning a move away from coal as its main fuel.

Operational issues have plagued even what’s regarded as Eskom’s most reliable plant. It was forced to shut a unit earlier this month at the Koeberg nuclear facility near Cape Town.

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It is time to speak out! Why do we not see load shedding in Soweto and all other townships? Why are suburbs where politicians live not subject to load shedding? Why are defaulters from townships not disconected?

The thieving piper plays whilst the children voters blindly follow.

Oh, man. Cmon. Move to Soweto den revise your statement.

It appears that the corruption virus passes straight through the Zonda mask. South Africans are urged to return to burning wood, fetching water and eating insects.

Soweto stays on but little sea side towns with a few pensioners get turned off. 1.00am to 3.30am????? Come on Eskom! is this to save the country? All the heavy industry in these little towns must be such a drain. The saving is a few fridges and maybe a TV or two of an insomniac.

Meanwhile there is no security or street lights, perfect for the yellow bellied old people murderer.

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