Eskom warns of more load shedding

‘The system is severely constrained’.
This latest load shedding warning comes after the utility suspended the latest round of load shedding on Friday – which spanned almost a week. Image: Nadine Hutton/Bloomberg.

Power utility Eskom asked South Africans to use electricity sparingly on Monday, warning that any further losses of generation capacity could result in the resumption of load shedding at “very short notice”.

It says its generation system is “severely constrained”.

Read: ‘There is light at the end of the load shedding tunnel’ – Ramaphosa

This load shedding warning comes after the utility suspended the latest round of load shedding on Friday – which spanned almost a week.

According to the latest alert issued by Eskom on Monday, the loss of multiple generation units during the weekend, together with delays it experienced with returning some units to service is what is currently putting pressure on its systems.

“Eskom is working on returning a generation unit each at Matimba, Duvha and Arnot power stations to service before the evening peak,” Eskom says.

“Today a generation unit each at Arnot, Kendal, Matla and Tutuka power stations have been returned to service.”

Eskom says it currently has 4 533 megawatts (MW) out on planned maintenance and another 13 601MW of its capacity out due to unplanned breakdowns.

Eskom further notes that it will be tapping into its emergency reserves to meet the electricity demand this evening.

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If we want additional power tomorrow the ANC should have started building the powerplant 6 years ago already !!

The fact that they have not started building it simply means that we will have another 6 years of dwindling power generation.

Expecting plant like Camden commissioned in 1969 to perform its designed duty is beyond practical engineering capability – it should have been shut down in 1999 (30 year design life)!!

The ANC was warned what will happen in 1998 already — It is now 25 years later and they still have not done anything !!!

Does anyone understand what the hell is happening here???

“Does anyone understand what the hell is happening here???”

Pretty simple; it’s called “failed state”. Refer any other country in the SADEC region. Why? Greed, hubris, corruption, stupidity. Can it be fixed?

Hmmm … can you make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear?

“There is light at the end of the load shedding tunnel’ – Ramaphosa …. Yep .. it’s the headlight of the express train named “Failed State” heading our way.

Yeah and massive diesel payments to ANC cadres supplying to Eksdom.

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