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SA: Eskom Announces Permanent Load Shedding For Next Two Years

SA: Eskom Announces Permanent Load Shedding For Next Two Years

South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, on Sunday, 22 January, announced that load shedding would be permanently implemented over the next two years.

Eskom chairperson, Mpho Makwana, said power cuts between Stages 2 and 3 are planned for the next two years.

Makwana said this will create “some predictability” and allow the power utility enough room to perform maintenance and increase the Energy Availability Factor (EAF) enough to put an end to load shedding within the next two years. Said Makwana:

The global average for EAF is about 86%. We’re looking to grow from our current 58% EAF to 70% in the next two years.

The planned journey to 70% is hoped to take place on the following timeline:

  • 60% EAF — end-March 2023
  • 65% EAF — end-March 2024
  • 70% EAF — end-March 2025

The outgoing Eskom CEO, Andre de Ruyter, said the possibility of Stage 8 load shedding is receding but an “inherent risk” remains. He said:

The possibility of stage 8 load-shedding is receding, which is comforting and positive.

However, there is always an inherent risk, and for that purpose, we have to protect our diesel reserves.

Eskom Chief Operating Officer, Jan Oberholzer, said 43% of the utility’s electricity-generating units are currently offline due to breakdowns and planned maintenance. | My Broadband

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16 Comments

eskom 5 days ago

better we have a solution after 2 years no more power crisis , , , zimbabwe woooooooooye m****


rands head 5 days ago

unowona ma Zimbabwean say south africa is heaven you need a mental asylum you crazy guys


You don't know wht you talking about 5 days ago

Worst case senario In SA is 4 hours or 5 hours of loadshedding. You can't compare tht to Zim

shumba mhonda shumba mhonda 5 days ago

Zanu inotofara kuti hatisi isu chete tine dambudziko remagetsi


Danda heads 5 days ago

then you hear Zimbabweans say we want to go to south africa hee SA us heaven you crazy guys you need a mental asylum


ramaphosa 5 days ago

u r mad ....SA is far away better than Zim ....jus 2yrs bt Zesa has failed to provide any form of predictability for the past 15+ yearsyears....What they just do is lying

5 days ago

What is your point exactly @Danda heads or whatever? You repeat your meaningless statement with a different pseodonym Celebrating SA's demise instead of mourning the never-ending crisis in Zimbabwe

With or without loadshedding 5 days ago

With or without loadshedding SA can not be compared to Zimbabwe. SA s economy is more thn 6 times tht of Zimbabwe. Gauteng a province of SA has an economy tht is bigger than tht of Zim

Ramaphosa 5 days ago

u r mad ....SA is far away better than Zim ....jus 2yrs bt Zesa has failed to provide any form of predictability for the past 15+ yearsyears....What they just do is lying


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@Danda head 5 days ago

You are a dunder head for sure can you honestly compare Zimbabwe to South África Zimbabwe has been having load shedding for more than 20 years I wonder how old you are


mthwakazi ka ndaba 5 days ago

the reason Eskom power is under pressure it's bcoz the manufacturing, mining, farming and other sectors of the economy which are the biggest consumers of power are functional.
So Zim which is the supermarket of the regional economies must not load shed, not for a day.
Zanu morons will jump at every opportunity to hoodwink citizens into believing that Zim has become heaven on earth under **** 's administration.
we're not st.u.pid


Billboard Of Public Opinions 5 days ago

"So Zim which is the supermarket of the regional economies", cde, are you sure that Zim is a supermarket in the region? I thought isu tisu tikutotenge zvinhu from kunze.

Zim is the market in other words it is the market 5 days ago

Visit the dictionary bro. He s right Zim is the supermarket

jobhoniya 5 days ago

when i read the report it said 43 percent of generation capacity is down due to breakdowns not kuti industry is working bla bla bla


Aru Manyundo 5 days ago

Ndiyo imwe irikutevera Zim mbichana mbichana things r not good in this southern African state


mkuku 5 days ago

if they say 43% of generation capacity is down meaning 57% is functioning it's almost half half,,,mukuuya mbijana mbijana,,By the way in employed south Africans are still getting COVID allowances 2 years after the pandemic



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