- Eskom has blamed the move to stage 4 load shedding on plant breakdowns and loss of imports from Mozambique, however, experts are not convinced
- Energy analyst, Chris Yelland, says that stage 4 load shedding on a weekend should be avoidable
- Yelland goes on to say that solutions are available and South Africa needs to tap into these
Yesterday, Eskom announced that stage 4 load shedding would be in effect the whole weekend.
The power utility announced that the reasons for the rotational power cuts, which started on Friday, were power plants breaking down and loss of imports from Mozambique, due to Cyclone Idai.
However, energy analyst, Chris Yelland, says that solutions are available, so there is no reason for stage 4 load shedding to be under way.
"First, sort out the unplanned breakdown by doing proper maintenance. Secondly, unlock the potential of customers of electricity to become the solution by allowing them to self-generate or supplement electricity," Yelland explained.
According to eNCA, climate change expert, Boby Scholes, agrees with Yelland.
"I was really surprised to hear that Eskom is blaming load-shedding on the loss of hydraulic power from Mozambique. The dam itself will be unaffected, it is a huge dam. It draws its water from Western Zambia... if that is a case it must be the transmission lines," Sholes explained.
Despite available solutions and contradictory excuses, Eskom has warned that load shedding should be expected until Wednesday, Briefly.co.za reported.
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