Load shedding may have become a way of life for many South Africans over the past 14 years, but power outages and a struggling utility should not be treated as the new normal, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said on Wednesday.
The state-owned company’s management worked around the clock to address issues to limit load shedding as much as possible.
He was speaking at a press conference this week as SA struggled through Stage 2 of the Rotational power shutdowns.
“We should not accept load shedding and lack of generating capacity as the new normal. Although this has been the case for 14 years, we urgently need to take steps to address load shedding.
“We have also taken steps to improve the operation of our Grid Access Unit. We have taken note of the comments from investors and parties looking to feed electricity into the grid,” said De Ruyter.
COO Jan Oberholzer announced that SA has had 32 days of load shedding since January is more than the power outages that occurred during the same period last year.
“We have assets that are aging, some are over 45 years old. However, if we look at maintenance execution which is 98.8%, it shows that even if you have old assets, if you take care of them, isn’t it amazing the respect they show you?”
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