Left in the Dark Again - South Africans Suffer More Power Cuts

Power utility Eskom is the only source of electricity in South Africa which also supplies some African countries, including Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The energy supplier has for the past 10 years or more, been plagued by breakdowns at various power supply stations, ageing infrastructure, mismanagement and wet coal. The loadshedding has impacted the economy to such a degree that several small businesses have shut down over the years. Today, Eskom announced that new loadshedding will be implemented, saying "loadshedding is necessary as the power generation system is still severely constrained due to high generation unit breakdowns during the past three days, as well as the need to replenish diminishing emergency generation reserves". So from 13h00 today February 10 until 06h00am February 11, 2021, South Africans can prepare to spend at least 1 hour in the dark.

  • South Africa:  Eskom to Implement Stage 3 Loadshedding Today

    Eskom, 10 February 2021

    Eskom regrets to inform the public that Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented from 13:00 this afternoon until 06:00 tomorrow morning. This loadshedding is necessary as the power… Read more »

  • South Africa:  Eskom Blackouts - Blame It On the Rain...

    Daily Maverick, 7 February 2021

    Despite Eskom's suspension of load shedding on Sunday, the power utility could not rule out another blackout as continued maintenance, increased demand and more rain pose a risk… Read more »

  • South Africa:  Eskom Implements Stage 2 Loadshedding

    SAnews.gov.za, 5 February 2021

    Eskom says the stage 2 loadshedding, which will be implemented today, has been exacerbated by the forced shutdown of five generating units at the Medupi Power Station. Read more »

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