South Africa is headed for a record year of power cuts if the rate of station breakdowns fails to improve, particularly at coal-fuelled plants.
Eskom will implement rolling blackouts during the Tuesday evening peak, following a similar schedule to Monday, as it continues to battle plant breakdowns.
Phillip Dukashe, Eskom’s group executive for generation – and a 26-year veteran of the state-owned power utility – has resigned.
After a lull of just two days, Eskom will revert to cutting the power because it can’t keep up with demand for its only product.
Eskom on Monday warned that its system is again under “severe” pressure, and that load shedding during the evening peak is a distinct possibility.
Eskom said it would reduce load shedding to stage 1 from 10pm on Friday evening, even though plant breakdowns remain high at 16GW of capacity.
Eskom has had four fewer days of load shedding in 2022 to date, compared to the same period in 2021, though the extent of the rolling power cuts has been more severe.
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Eskom will implement load shedding from 5pm on Tuesday – and the rolling power cuts will last until next Monday.
The price of diesel will jump again this week, adding further impetus to inflation, which is threatening to burst above the Reserve Bank’s 3-6% target range.