Latest articles on Blackouts

​‘Eskom is not the Vatican so pay up or get cut off’

The electricity generator is done with compassion and, backed by a court ruling, could do more than interrupt power in non-paying municipalities.

Eskom blackouts were good for SA

Energy efficiency programmes have saved more than R1.5-billion in the past five years, dramatically cutting South Africa's power bill.

Eskom CEO challenges suspension

The power utility's chief executive, Tshediso Matona, is challenging his suspension in the Labour Court in Johannesburg.

High risk of power failures, warns Eskom

Two of the power utility's generators have failed, pushing up the risk of blackouts as engineers attempt to determine the cause of the breakdowns.

End of the world and we’re… nooit!

Eskom's rolling power blackouts aren't the problem, it's the discontent many in South Africa are all too familiar with.

Hello darkness, my old friend

The latest electricity blackouts could spur renewed interest in going off the grid for our power supply and reducing our reliance on Eskom.

Eskom declares emergency as blackouts loom

The power utility has asked industry to cut energy use and declared an emergency, noting load shedding as a virtual certainty.

Eskom asks more big customers to cut power use

The utility is looking to save a further 1000 megawatts through reduced use by both large and residential customers.

Keeping your gadgets safe during load-shedding

Most South Africans have become used to electricty blackouts, but might not know how to keep their gadgets and appliances safe before it happens.

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