Lengthy blackouts persist in South Africa

  • South Africa’s state owned and state run energy utility, Eskom, reports that Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 05:00 until 16:00, followed by Stage 5 from 16:00 until 05:00 on Tuesday.
  • This pattern will be repeated daily until further notice. 

Breakdowns are currently at 18 144MW of generating capacity while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 3 427MW.

Over the past 24 hours, a generating unit each at Arnot, Camden, Kendal and Palmiet power stations were returned to service.

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In the same period, a generation unit each at Matla and Tutuka power stations were taken out of service due to breakdowns.Furthermore, the delay in returning to service a unit at Arnot, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Lethabo, Matimba, Tutuka and two generating units at Camden power stations continue to add to the current capacity constraints. Eskom assures that the team is working tirelessly to ensure that generating units are returned to service as soon as possible.

In 2018, Pravin Gordhan was re-appointed to the Cabinet of President Cyril Ramaphosa as Minister of Public Enterprises, taking over from former Minister Lynne Brown. He oversees state-owned enterprises which includes Eskom.

Gordhan has not managed to stop the poor planning, mismanagement, corruption, fraud, theft, looting and sabotage of Eskom since taking office. His ministry appears to rot from within. His recently dismissed director-general Kgathatso Tlhakudi who he accused of conducting an ill-conceived campaign to misinform and deceive the public. Many argue that it is him that is doing the very same thing.

Related news: Has Pravin Gordhan not become complicit in state capture itself?

Tax payers money is nearing R500 billion in Eskom bailouts and the people of South Africa will face up to 16 hours of blackouts this winter. Read more

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