Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has criticized Eskom’s management, saying he doesn’t understand why the utility is resorting to load shedding despite allegedly having enough power in its reserves.This comes after Eskom announced that load shedding will be reduced to Level 2 from 8am to 4pm on Sunday and reverted to Level 3 from 4pm to 10pm.< /span>
< span>It blamed the power outages on ongoing generator failures and sabotage and said 14,992 MW of capacity was unavailable due to outages.
Speaking on eNCA, Mantashe said Eskom should use more of its reserve capacity.
According to him, the utility has access to about 6,000 MW of additional reserve capacity, those to avoid load shedding.
“I hear these 6,000 MW, but I know that Eskom connected one has a capacity of 45,000 MW. It operates at 30,000 MW. Therefore, the shortage of 15,000 MW is due to Eskom’s sub-optimal operation,” said Mantashe.
“If we implement the supplementary program to increase power generation, Eskom can also be optimized. You have 15,000 MW that is idle. There’s a lot of energy that isn’t being used for one reason or another,” he said.
In a statement, Eskom said it was implementing all Level 2 load shedding week during the evening peak hours of 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
It said this was due to the ongoing lack of generation capacity it has been experiencing span>
“While there may be instances where load shedding may need to be performed outside of these hours, Eskom will endeavor to limit load shedding to the evening peak times as much as possible to accommodate the Limiting the impact of capacity bottlenecks to the public,” it said.
“Eskom will continue to monitor the system closely, adapting and communicating changes if necessary. We call on all South Africans to help limit the impact of load shedding by reducing power consumption and turning off all non-essential devices.”
Eskom said it has not done so yet Power outages should protect the national grid from collapse.
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