South Africans assured of stable power supply

Power supply will remain stable throughout the rest of the summer period following a rigorous program of planned maintenance over the festive season, authorities said on Wednesday.


Power station units that had been taken offline for maintenance during the festive season in order to take advantage of the low demand of electricity are now being brought back to service in order to meet increasing demand of electricity as the new school year started on Wednesday, said Eskom, South Africa’s major electricity provider.

EskomEskom is progressing well with the maintenance of its power generating plant whilst supplying the country’s electricity needs, the utility said.

Business activities resumed on Tuesday following the New Year holiday. As a result, an increase in demand of nearly 2,000MW was recorded and this was expected to increase slightly from Wednesday as the new school year started.

South Africa has suffered from power insufficiency since 2008. Power cuts, which have cost the economy an estimated 300 billion rand (about 18 billion U.S. dollars) since 2008, again became commonplace last year due to the collapse of power generating units. Enditem

Source; Xinhua

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