Load shedding to continue on Friday

Prognosis for the weekend to be announced later in the day.
Image: Nadine Hutton/Bloomberg

South Africa’s struggling state power utility Eskom said it would cut up to 2 000 megawatts (MW) of power from the national grid on Friday, as generating units continue to perform at low levels of reliability.

As at 0430 GMT, there is 11 996 MW of unavailable capacity, Eskom said in a statement, adding that it wants to reduce unplanned breakdowns to below 9 500 MW.

The utility is still using diesel and water to supplement capacity.

“Load shedding will be required all day to cater for further trips and to create capacity to replenish water reserves for our pumped storage schemes,” Eskom said.

The cuts will shift from 1 000 MW to 2 000 MW from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Eskom said it will provide a prognosis for the long weekend later on Friday.

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 investments.

It has also been a major cause of concern for President Cyril Ramaphosa, who came to power nearly two years ago, vowing to reverse years of mismanagement and economic stagnation.


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Thank you Prof. Jannie Rossouw for addressing the elephant in the room….the real saboteurs of Eskom and SA!

“Prognosis” is the correct word to use, as the country is very ill.

She’s suffering from low levels of power/strength in her body…and strong antibiotics are needed to kill the corruption-parasites.

And constipated by a bloated overpaid labour force.

Laxative also required.

The important thing is that we mustn’t just restore Eskom to what it was before failures. We must far exceed our previous output. Only then will people be able to invest in factories with any degree of confidence. So we come back to the no-brainer of renewable energy – of which we have more than almost any other country. The ANC HAS to realise that Eskom is broken – it cannot continue to be the dog in the manger, stifling all other power sources as it has been. Capiche, Gwede Mantashe? (And, by the by, PLEASE realise that Communism is a dead dog, as proven historically by over 50 countries it has destroyed. We need to release South Africa’s economy, not destroy ours as well.)

Yes they failed to grasp the significance of the Berlin wall being torn down in 1989.

Now we see a similar process unfolding in Hong Kong.

Could SA be next?

A standard solar panel produces 1000W per square meter, when the sun shines. That’s 1kW.

A power station like Medupi should produce around 4800MW, or 4,800,000kW.

That’s 4.8 million square meters of solar panels. A quick Google search reveals that a 6kW solar installation retails for R75000 more or less. OK, there are economies of scale, but you’d need 8000000 of the above installations to equal one Medupi. That’s R600 billion, but, and here’s the catch, it only works when the sun shines. This past week with the rain and at night, you’re not getting power.

Renewable energy is not quite such a no-brainer yet.

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