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Sourh Africans warned of further power blackouts

Christian Fernsby |

KEY POINTS
  • The power system is constrained in South Africa
  • Eskom would like to thank customers for their support in reducing demand
  • A petition to save Eskom before it takes the entire country down with it

Electricity utility Eskom wars South Africans of further rolling blackouts as the power system remained constrained.

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Topics: SOUTH AFRICA    POWER    BLACKOUT   

Eskom will be in a better position to provide a prognosis for today and the coming week, after reviewing the performance of the electricity system.

"The power system is constrained and while we are making every effort to avoid loadshedding, it could be implemented at short notice should there be a significant shift in plant performance and increased unplanned technical breakdowns.

"We will continue to keep South Africans informed about the status of the electricity system and our recovery efforts.

"As we are experiencing a heat wave in some parts of the country, we ask that you use your air conditioners efficiently at 23ºC.

"Eskom would like to thank customers for their support in reducing demand by using electricity sparingly and industrial customers for their participation in load curtailment, when necessary," says Eskom, the main electricity supplier in the country.

Meanwhile, a petition to save Eskom before it takes the entire country down with it, has been signed by almost 70,000 people.

The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), which launched the petition last week, said there are still 30,092 signatures needed to reach 100,000.

"When the lights go out, people stop working, business shuts down and our country slides even further backwards," the party said.

South Africa has suffered from power insufficiency since 2008. Power blackouts have become more common in recent years.

Eskom, haunted by poor management and alleged corruption, has been accused of using rolling blackouts to blackmail the government into repaying its heavy debt, but the utility has denied the accusation.

Experts estimate that each stage of rolling blackouts costs the country one billion rand (about 68 million U.S. dollars) per day.


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