An electricity supply crisis is looming in South Africa that could make intermittent outages in the past few months seem trivial by comparison.
Eskom has a plan to keep the lights on for the rest of the year – or, in the worst-case scenario, to implement only stage-one rotational load shedding. Here’s how it intends achieving this promise.
Civil society group Corruption Watch wants five former Eskom board members declared delinquent directors.
Eskom has decided to shake up its rotational power cuts, introducing less frequent load shedding but imposing power interruptions to suburbs of a week at a time.
The conventional wisdom is that a major restructuring of Eskom will address the crisis facing that state-owned utility and the country. But this is misleading.
One of South Africa’s newest power plants, designed to supply the grid during peak-use periods, is defective and has been limited to operate at lower capacity.
The cost of off-grid solar installations has decreased significantly over the last 10 years, with the prices of some components falling nearly 70%, prompting more South Africans to consider ditching Eskom entirely.
Eskom said on Sunday evening that it is unlikely to implement rolling blackouts this week thanks to an improvement in plant performance.
A decision to stop a boiler-monitoring software contract worth R275-million between Eskom and Carab Technologies may have contributed to the rolling blackouts that are hobbling the nation, City Press reported.
Eskom has reduced the intensity of rotating power cuts on Friday – South Africa’s ninth straight day of scheduled blackouts – after imports from Mozambique were partially restored.