In times of crisis – especially with questionable crisis communication from government and Eskom over the past week – humans tend to create their own “reality”, whether grounded in fact or not.
South Africans face another day of traffic snarl-ups and disrupted business with no end in sight for rolling power cuts that started a week ago.
Damage caused by Cyclone Idai to pylons in Mozambique that carry power to neighbouring countries may take weeks to repair, a state power company official said.
South Africans looking for signs of an end to the latest round of power cuts were left disappointed after the minister responsible for power utility Eskom said he doesn’t have answers yet.
Farmers have the capacity to run renewable energy projects on their farms to not only reduce their costs, but support the national grid
Even at a generous 20GW, the electricity available from Eskom’s coal fleet is barely 52% of the about 38.6GW nominal capacity. These numbers are horrifying.
Eskom has implemented a fifth straight day of controlled blackouts on Monday and will carry out more this week to prevent a total collapse of the electricity grid amid a shortage of capacity.
Eskom will implement stage-four load shedding until at least Tuesday as the effects of a tropical cyclone in Mozambique and problems at the company’s power plants continue to put severe pressure on the national power grid.
Eskom quicky escalated its rotational blackouts from stage two to stage four on Saturday, despite demand over weekends typically being lower than on weekdays when industry is consuming more electricity.
The latest plants built by South Africa’s financially strapped power utility experienced outages on Thursday that led to ongoing electricity cuts.