Jan 27, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Slight reprieve as load-shedding shifts to Stage 2 – but not for long

Eskom has announced that load shedding will be reduced to level 2 on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

On the other hand, they will return to Stage 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The country has experienced erratic load shedding periods for the past two weeks.

Meanwhile , the Sunday Times reported that it emerged that struggling energy supplier Eskom will need almost R600 million more to fix design flaws at its R135 billion Medupi power station.

The R594 million bill Rand comes in addition to the 2.5 billion Rand needed to repair unit 4 of the country’s second largest power plant, which was damaged in an explosion caused by staff negligence last year and will not be repaired until 2024.

Vice President David Mabuza told Parliament last week that there were design flaws At Medupi this would need to be fixed and this would be done by the end of 2027. He didn’t say how much it would cost.

On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he remained hopeful Eskom would do everything possible to avoid load shedding in Stage 8.

“Me don’t really think we’ll get to level eight. I think the management does everything they can to ensure they keep up with maintenance and repair very quickly if there is a breakdown. So we’re still very confident that we have management under control,” Ramaphosa said.

The President was speaking on the sidelines of the third installment of the Presidential Imbizo in Carolina, Mpumalanga.

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