South Africans are in for a less unpleasant winter as Eskom says it doesn’t expect to implement any load shedding during that period. This is a rather far cry from what the embattled power utility had said previously when it re-introduced the rolling black outs.
Earlier this month, Eskom’s head of group transmission Segomoco Scheppers said their assessments for the winter period showed that the parastatal anticipated anywhere between 37 and 101 days of load shedding.
Eskom has been struggling to keep the lights on recently due to capacity constraints which even prompted the implementation of stage 4 load shedding, an indication of just how dire the situation had been at that point.
Added to that has been the current wet weather conditions parts of the country has been experiencing, which Eskom had said affects the ability to manage coal.
NO LOAD SHEDDING EXPECTED THIS WEEK
As to whether the country can expect load shedding this week, you can breathe a sigh of relief as Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says electricity consumption will likely remain stable over the next couple of days.
Speaking to SABC News, Mantshantsha also says the utility’s struggles with capacity constraints will not be going away anytime soon, which means citizens will possibly have to brace for more hours in the dark.
He adds that next week, demand will likely increase as people will be back at work, which means more constraints on the grid.
“In the peak of winter, Eskom will be able to supply 35-thousand megawatts to the country, which generally is sufficient to get rid of load shedding, but that is only during that period. Currently, Eskom is able with much difficulty to supply only 30-thousand megawatts of electricity and should we have breakdowns – that is when you get such a statement. We will continue to have this constrained system until we are able as a country to have new generation capacity added, which power stations is being built.”
Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha