New round of rolling power blackouts implemented in South Africa


A new round of rolling power blackouts hit South Africa as the national grid was on the verge of collapse.

The power system has experienced a loss of additional generation, and as a result, stage-two rotational load shedding has to be implemented in order to protect the power system from a total collapse, said electricity utility Eskom, the country’s major power provider.

Stage-two load shedding allows up to 2,000MW to be shed.

“We remind customers that load shedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout,” said Eskom.

The severe supply constraint being experienced has come about due to high levels of unplanned breakdowns that have exceeded the 10,500MW limit, Eskom said.

“We unreservedly apologize to South Africans for the negative impact this may have on them and want to assure the nation that we continue to work tirelessly to ensure security of energy supply,” the state-run parastatal said.

A concerted collective effort to reduce demand can help to avoid or lessen the level of load shedding, said Eskom.

“And as such, we strongly urge customers to assist by helping to reduce demand by using electricity sparingly,” the electricity said.

Eskom, the world’s fourth largest coal-burning power plant, has been blamed for a worsening power crisis the country is experiencing.

The utility has been haunted by poor management and alleged corruption which are believed to be the major factors leading to constant rolling power blackouts.

The government has forked out billions of rands to bail out the cash-strapped utility, but has little effect. Enditem

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