It’s going to be a very long year for South Africans who will be facing, even more, load shedding than usual. On Tuesday this week, the struggling power giant announced that stage two load shedding would be implemented nationwide. This announcement means that for the month of May alone the lights have been more off than on.
The reason for the power cuts has been caused by numerous power station breakdowns and repairs which don’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.
South Africa’s load shedding reaching new heights
Over the years, load shedding in South Africa became progressively worse despite the ever-rising price of electricity in the country.
Just when many people thought a solution to the power cuts would soon be brought forward, reports reveal that the year 2022 may just be holding the worst batch of load shedding in SA’s history.
According to BusinessTech, for the month of May, which has only been ten days so far, South Africans have already been subjected to seven days of interrupted power supply.
The reason behind the latest batch of load shedding is struggling power stations and costly repairs that have mostly affected coal-fueled power plants.
Bloomberg predicts a pretty gloomy future for the country if things continue this way. As it stands, in April 2022 alone, there were already 1,054 gigawatt hours cut versus 2,521 cut for the entire 2021.
An ongoing crisis
While there have been many talks of solutions for the country’s electricity crises, not much has been done to combat load shedding, which is clearly on the rise.
As a result, many households and businesses have suffered. There has also been a significant impact on the country’s economic activity.
Meanwhile, Eskom and the government are also working on plans to utilize $8.5 billion of funding pledged at the COP26 climate summit with the aim of moving South Africa away from coal, reports BusinessTech.
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