We’re only halfway through the year and the country has reached what is described as the worst load shedding in history.
According to News24, with stage 6 in its second week, Eskom has shed almost the same about of electricity as it did for the whole of last year.
ESKOM NEARS READ YEAR LOAD SHEDDING
South Africans are already gatvol of the power cuts and last week, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyters announced that there was more darkness still to come.
Announcing stage 6, at first, the cuts were only meant to last for two days, but it was later announced that stage 6 would be implemented in the evenings and stage 4 in the morning the whole week and again this week.
According to Bloomberg, in April 2022 alone, there were already 1 054 gigawatt-hours cut versus 2 521 cuts for the entire 2021.
And by the first of July, the power company had cut 2 276 gigawatt-hours of electricity in 2022, News24 reports. This means that on 1 July, Eskom was only 245 gigawatt-hours away from last year’s record.
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HAS THE STRIKE MADE MATTERS WORSE?
Last week, Eskom workers downed tools and went on what was reported as an illegal strike as they are considered essential workers and therefore should not go on strike.
This means the power utility is now dealing with a lack of skills and labour issues. But, speaking to the Sunday Times, Eskom said that older stations were breaking down a lot more often than before. The giant electricity company said that it was so bad that it has become impossible for the company to do the necessary upgrades and refurbishments to keep the lights on.
According to the outlet, half of Eskom’s power stations break down again within nine months of being repaired, and some of the worst-performing stations are offline between 50% and 70% of the time.