Load shedding set to continue as some Eskom units still down

Stage 2 load shedding scheduled for Thursday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Eskom briefing on Wednesday. Image: Moneyweb

Rolling blackouts in South Africa are set to continue on Thursday as some generating units are still down, after a week of heavy rains across parts of the country caused flooding, aggravating problems at struggling power firm Eskom.

On Monday Eskom announced unprecedented levels of blackouts, which have disrupted the supply of electricity to businesses and households across South Africa.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who cut short a trip to Egypt to deal with the crisis, said on Wednesday Eskom will work to stabilise the power grid by the end of March.

In addition to heavy rain, he also blamed suspected sabotage at power stations, which contributed 2 000 megawatts (MW) of lost capacity during the past week’s outages and said that needed to be investigated.

The utility will cut up to 2 000 MW of power from the national grid on a rotational basis from 09:00 to 23:00, Eskom spokesperson Dikatso Mothae said.

“While good progress has been made with additional units being returned to service, Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented…as breakdowns are still above 9 500 MW,” the utility said in a statement.

The state-owned utility produces more than 90% of South Africa’s power but has struggled to keep up with demand, leading to nationwide power cuts that have deterred investment and caused a major headache for Ramaphosa, who came to power nearly two years ago vowing to reverse years of mismanagement and economic stagnation. 

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The sabotage word might have been used as a warning to his adversaries that he is onto them.

In the spirit of “unity” he can not be honest.

Gupta henchmen Magashule, Molefe, Koko etc. etc. ?? Who knows.

The spirit of “unity” is all pervasive. This is what Mantashe hides behind while not signing the IPP projects piling up on his desk. Luthuli house may get upset.

Anc Spirit of unity is same as all pervasive spirit of looting

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