South African power utility Eskom on Monday announced that power cuts is to continue throughout the day after implementing stage 4 load shedding due to loss of additional generation units on Monday morning.
“We regret that due to additional loss of units at our power stations, stage 2 loadshedding will move to stage 4 as from 10:00 to 23:00,” Eskom said.
During stage 4 of load shedding, about 4,000 MW will be rotationally loadshed nationally at any given time, according to Eskom. While Eskom was yet to confirm, it is predicted that power cuts will be implemented throughout the week.
South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and blackouts were blamed for that.
Jannie Rossouw, a professor of Wits business and science school said the current power cuts were going to affect the GDP in the fourth quarter.
“This is a disaster, it will have poor results for South Africa when the fourth quarter GDP is announced and we are running the risk of a technical recession,” he told Xinhua.
He added that Eskom’s management was not “on top of the things and that are a disgrace to the country.”
Meanwhile, in his weekly letter President Cyril Ramaphosa said that one of Eskom’s power station Medupi which is under construction would contribute energy to the power grid once completed.
“Once the work to correct the problems with its design and construction is complete, it is expected to contribute around 4,700 megawatts into the national grid, producing enough power in a year to meet the electricity needs of more than a million people,” he said.
He said his government implemented measures to fix the the rot including malfeasance, financial problems and poor management at state owned entities. He added the state objectives was to reduce SOE’s reliance on bailout. Enditem