Load-shedding: South Africa teeters on the brink as five generating units collapse

Eskom has warned that there is a risk the country could experience another bout of load-shedding after the failure of five generating units.

“While no load-shedding is currently being implemented, Eskom would like to request the public’s assistance in reducing the usage of electricity as the power system is severely constrained,” the ailing power utility said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

According to Eskom, five generation units at various power stations failed throughout the day: “Should there be any further loss of generation capacity, load-shedding would be required to be implemented at very short notice.”

A generating unit each at Kusile and Majuba were taken offline to repair boiler tube leaks, Eskom said, while a generating unit each at Kriel, Majuba and Matimba tripped. The return to service of a generating unit each at Kendal and Tutuka were delayed.

The breakdowns have resulted in 16 822 megawatts of capacity being taken offline.

The warning comes just four days after Eskom suspended load-shedding after having recovered partial load losses from when it implemented stage four power outages last week.

Last week’s load-shedding spurred calls for Eskom chief executive André de Ruyter to relinquish the reins of the utility, which is saddled with a creaking generation infrastructure after years of poor maintenance. De Ruyter responded by saying he would not step down of his own volition.

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Sarah Smit
Sarah Smit
Sarah Smit is a general news reporter at the Mail & Guardian. She covers topics relating to labour, corruption and the law.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Latest stories

Overworked Eastern Cape education assistants unpaid

Young people hired under the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative in the province are teaching classes without supervision and some have not been paid last months’ stipends

New Joburg high school boasts a R3m eSports Arena

The tech-forward school requires every child to purchase an Asus laptop, use Microsoft software for lessons and check-in daily on a mental wellbeing app

Seven leadership laws to make you and your business better

Investing in the right things for your business requires making choices and making them consciously

Is the English cricket form as fickle as Ramaphoria?

What the former has which the latter conspicuously lacks is a behind-the-scenes ‘enforcer’ to establish a bold new ethos
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×